7 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Winter Energy Bill Right Now

It’s Winter time! Are you ready to save some energy bucks? Here are 7 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Winter Energy Bill Right Now. These tips are all DIY. You should be able to implement several if not all of these methods immediately to see results in your energy bill.

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This post is part of our Proven Strategies for Budget Cuts in the Home Series. Click any link below for more budgeting tips.

1. Insulate Windows

We have been hearing this for years, haven’t we? You don’t have to do what my Dad used to do when I was growing up. He would affix that plastic sheeting on the outside of our home to cover every single window! It worked but was unsightly.

  • Use bubble wrap to create an insulated barrier against the cold

It’s easy to install and easy to remove and goes on the inside of the window. Simply spray the window with water and stick the bubble wrap to it. Peel it off when you are ready to remove it then wash the window to remove any streaks left behind. How easy is that?! This 1 minute YouTube video gives an easy demonstration.

How to Insulate a Window With Bubble Wrap

2. Stop the Fireplace Draft

When not in use, your fireplace can be a huge source of energy waste. Because heat rises, it can flow straight up your fireplace and out into the cold air along with your money. Cold air can also escape into your home from an old drafty fireplace.

If you have glass doors for your fireplace, this won’t be as much of a problem for you.

Consider using a fireplace blanket or balloon.

Fireplace blocker blanket

  • Fireplace plug balloon which can be found in different sizes and price ranges on Amazon here. These tend to be less expensive than the curtain and have mixed but good reviews. Most review complaints are related to getting the proper size with the damper handle slit in the correct location prior to ordering.

3. Clockwise Your Ceiling Fans

During the winter months, you will want your ceiling fans to run clockwise so they will push the warm air back down into the room. Run the ceiling fan on low to keep the warm air flowing downward.

4. Use Draft Guards

I know what you’re thinking yeah, yeah, yeah but it does work. We have one room in our home which has no heat or air vent, the laundry room. We like to keep that door closed because it is just off from our Den. A draft guard keeps that cold air out on those bitter cold winter days.

You could certainly purchase a cute little draft dodger to place at your door but you could also make one yourself or improvise with a rolled up blanket.

5. Socket Sealers

It doesn’t seem like such a big deal to install socket sealers. These are a small part of a larger savings when combined with other energy savers. If you live in one of those marvelous older homes with lots of character (and a few drafts here and there) this idea is especially for you! Pricing is around $8 and up depending on the size package you need.

Duck Brand Socket Sealers

 5. Use Your Oven

This is exactly the reverse advice we receive for the summer months. Now is the time for making those winter comfort foods so be sure to open the oven door when you are finished cooking and allow that heat into the house. Turning on the oven for the sole purpose of heating is not recommended as the reverse effect will occur on your energy bill. The idea is for your oven to do double duty and save you $$. Casseroles will be your friend!

Try a few of our favorite oven baked recipes:

6. Turn Off That Exhaust Fan

Don’t run your kitchen or bathroom exhaust fan any longer than you simply must. Heat can escape within 10 minutes of turning on your bathroom exhaust fan. Because heat makes the air inside so dry, consider not even using your bathroom exhaust fan during the winter months.

Your steamy bathroom will do double duty for you:

1. Add moisture to the air ( a big help for sinus sufferers) and

2. Keep the heat from escaping through the vent!

7. Work with the Sun

It is quite tempting to keep your window coverings closed throughout the entire winter. Don’t do it though. Open your curtains, shades or blinds when the sun is beaming and allow that natural heat to work for you! Be sure to close those window coverings before the sun goes down though.

It is the sum of the whole which makes the difference

These 7 tips are all very easy to implement in your home and are all budget friendly, some even free! Sometimes it is the small steps which make the biggest difference in our energy savings.

Do you have a winter energy savings tip to share? Please share with us in the comments. We love to hear your thoughts!

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41 comments

  1. Great tips – this is awesome information! Thanks for sharing it at On Display Thursday! Don’t forget to stop by again tomorrow for this week’s party!

    • We will be switching over to trying to save energy in the heat of the summer far too soon here in the southern states! Nice to ‘meet’ you Jennifer. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Such awesome tips! We have a huge glass area that loses tons of heat…We are in the northeast where it is about 5 degrees right now – serious cold spell. We have a large house which isn’t easy to afford the heating costs..Thank you for these awesome tips!
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  3. I seriously needed this post!! I am always looking to lower our energy bill, and these tips are awesome!! Thank you!

  4. These are great tips. We already do several of these things. Those electric outlet draft stopper thingies (at least that’s what we call them at my house) really cut down on some drafts along our one outside wall when we put them in.

    My windows are double pane, but a few of them leak a bit of air along the frame. We caulked them up better when we had the walls torn up this summer, so they are better now. I bet that bubble wrap thing would be just the ticket for our garage window though.

    We need to do a better job of working with the sun. But since I work third shift, it will probably only happen on my off days 🙂

    Thanks for the great tips!
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  5. We have been having record cold here in Southern California, and my heater has been running day and night! Very unusual for us… These are some excellent tips, but I have so many super large windows all around my house, I may go broke buying bubble wrap. LOL I had not even considered the bathroom vent–yikes. And we do leave the oven door open for heat after cooking. 🙂 These are excellent tips, thanks.

    ~Lorelai
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    • Isn’t it always great to find something new like a fireplace blanket. That almost sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? The links will take you to the fireplace blankets on Amazon. (shameless plug)

    • Yes they would work for the summer too! For us southerners, you’re farther south than me, the summer months are worse on our energy bill than the winter months! I’m trying to convince my husband that we need solar energy 🙂

  6. These are all great tips and I’m always looking for ways to reduce energy bills. We have double pane windows, but I use the draft guards on my back door because I can actually feel the cold air coming in around that door frame. We’ve had it worked on several times, but there is nothing “square” in my old restored house. 🙂
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    • We also have double windows so they are not a source of issue for us. Our fireplace has the glass doors so that isn’t a problem either. My husband is going to install the socket sealers today actually. I am always looking for ways to reduce our energy bill.
      It is the sum of the whole which makes the difference!

    • Thank you Stephen. I’m so glad you stopped by and especially that you took the time to comment. For some parts of the U.S., winter has been going on for several months but here in the southern states, it hasn’t gotten really cold just yet. Late January and all of Feb. will be very cold though. We have to prepare.
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  7. Hi,
    I’m in California, so I guess I can’t complain, but it’s in the 30’s here at night which is freezing for us especially with a cold wind. It’s cold in my house right now. I’m with jacket on. I hear in the news we’re about to warm up though.

  8. Our house is Georgian, and for that reason, I don’t think it’s energy efficient at all. We have double glazed windows, and an AGA, but our house is pretty cold most of the time….brrrr!

    • Sophie, you definitely need to implement some of these easy solutions to save on your energy bill! Those older homes are fabulous and fun with so much character but the energy bill can be a bear!

  9. When I lived in Atlanta, the winter time or summer would always have me on edge when it came to utilities. I’ve done most of these but I’ve never heard of socket sealers. I will most definitely get them when I move back to the US. Can you keep them on the socket year-round?

    • Regina, I believe you can leave the socket sealers in place once you install them. We live about 80 miles south of Atlanta so we share a similar climate with you in Georgia.

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