Three important ways to keep temperatures high and bills down this winter

As the temperatures drop, so do your gas and electric bills. You and I are expected to pay up to 17% more for our heating this winter.

This is mainly because, to avoid too cold weather, we spend much more time indoors, using our devices than we might in spring or summer. The good news is that there are a few tricks to keeping your utility bill as low as possible.

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1. Invest in a smart thermostat or WiFi

One trick to keeping your heating bill down is to avoid turning the heat on too much and turning it on low for at least 8 hours a day. Lowering the thermostat by just a few degrees can significantly reduce your heating costs.

I recommend investing in a smart or WiFi thermostat that allows you to set the temperature to automatically adjust when you’re away from home or asleep. What’s great about smart thermostats is that they can also detect your habits and adjust accordingly on their own. Keep in mind that not all smart thermostats may be compatible with your HVAC system, and they are much more expensive than basic thermostats.

However, you will likely have no regrets about the investment when you see the money you end up saving on your heating bill. Among the smart thermostats and WiFi we recommend:

Emerson Sensi Touch Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Color Touch Screen

Sensi thermostats help you spend less to keep your home warm. (Credit: Sensei)
(Credit: Sensei)

  • Large, clear digital display with easily accessible menus on the thermostat
  • Additional privacy protection as Sensi will not sell your data to third parties
  • Works with most HVAC systems. However, it requires c-wire, which is sold separately
  • Energy Star certified and features an energy saving of 23%
  • Compatible with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant and Samsung SmartThings
  • It can be controlled remotely using the Sensi Mobile App
  • At the time of publication, this product has over 11,191 global reviews with 79% giving the product 5 stars on Amazon.

Get the Emerson Sensi Touch Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Color Touch Screen

Google Nest Learning Thermostat

Google Nest thermostat to help keep your home warmer at a lower cost.  (credit: Google Nest)

Google Nest thermostat to help keep your home warmer at a lower cost. (credit: Google Nest)
(credit: Google Nest)

  • Compatible with 95% of cooling and heating systems
  • Most people can install the thermostat in 30 minutes or less
  • It can be controlled by remote control, app or voice
  • Connects through bluetooth and wifi
  • Energy star approved
  • According to independent studies, Nest thermostats have saved people approximately 10-12% in heating and 15% in cooling energy costs.
  • At time of publication, this product has over 28,597 global reviews with 79% giving the product 5 stars on Amazon.

Get the Google Nest Learning Thermostat

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2. Invest in a space heater

Did you know that space heaters use less energy than a furnace or central heating? Instead of heating your entire home, consider using a heater in the room you’re currently in, or at least lower the thermostat and use a heater for more heat. The most recommended space heaters are as follows:

Lasko Oscillating Digital Ceramic Tower Heater

Photo of a Lasko digital oscillating ceramic tower heater.  An alternative to using a heater to help save money.  (credit: Lasko)

Photo of a Lasko digital oscillating ceramic tower heater. An alternative to using a heater to help save money. (credit: Lasko)
(credit: Lasko)

  • Adjustable thermostat settings
  • Hello and low heat
  • remote control
  • Lightweight
  • Overheat protection features
  • Still cool to the touch
  • At the time of publication, this product has over 24,356 worldwide reviews with 76% giving the product 5 stars on Amazon.

Get the Lasko Digital Oscillating Ceramic Tower Heater

Drio Atom One Space Heater

Photo of a Dreo Atom One space heater photo of a space heater you can use to save on your energy bill.  (credit: Drew)

Photo of a Dreo Atom One space heater photo of a space heater you can use to save on your energy bill. (credit: Drew)
(credit: Drew)

  • Fast heating, it reaches the desired temperature within seconds
  • Tip-over protection, overheating and an enhanced safety plug
  • Smooth airflow and soft warmth
  • 70° wide angle oscillation, providing wide reading thermometer
  • Built-in digital thermostat
  • At the time of publication, this product has over 10,394 global reviews with 75% giving the product 5 stars on Amazon.

Get the Dreo Atom One Space Heater

Just keep in mind the fact that space heaters can be dangerous if faulty or misused. See my recommendation for using a space heater properly.

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3. Invest in smart plugs

One thing you may not know is that many of your electronic devices still draw power when they are plugged in, even when they are turned off. Smart plugs can save you in this department by allowing you to control the amount of power a particular device draws through WiFi controls and even turning off certain outlets entirely. The most recommended smart plugs are the following:

Kasa Smart Plug from TP-Link

Photo of the Kasa smart plug by TP-Link that helps lower your energy costs.  (credit: TP Link)

Photo of the Kasa smart plug by TP-Link that helps lower your energy costs. (credit: TP Link)
(credit: TP Link)

  • Able to connect with Alexa and Google Home Assistant, allowing you to control it hands-free
  • It can be controlled from anywhere through the app
  • It includes a programmable timer to automatically turn on and off certain devices it is connected to
  • Easy setup and easy to use
  • At time of publication, this product has over 13,061 global reviews with 80% giving the product 5 stars on Amazon.

Get the Kasa Smart Plug from TP-Link

Wyze Plug, 2.4GHz WiFi Smart Plug

Photo of Wyze smart plugs that can connect to wifi to help save money on your energy bill.  (credit: Wyze)

Photo of Wyze smart plugs that can connect to wifi to help save money on your energy bill. (credit: Wyze)
(credit: Wyze)

  • Able to connect with Alexa and Google Home Assistant, allowing you to control it hands-free
  • It allows you to remotely monitor and control all sockets through the app
  • It has custom scheduling controls to turn certain devices on and off at specific times
  • It has a vacation mode, which can automatically turn lights on and off while you’re away, plus motion sensors, to turn them on and off based on detected motion.
  • At the time of publication, this product has over 10,296 global reviews with 70% giving the product 5 stars on Amazon.

Get the Wyze Plug, the 2.4GHz WiFi Smart Plug

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Simple steps to lower your utility bills

There are also some easy steps you can take to keep your utility bill as low as possible without spending a dime.

  • Remember to turn off lights when you leave the house, as well as in rooms you are not using and use natural light: open curtains or window coverings during the day to let in natural light, and close them at night to keep warm air in.
  • Have your heating system checked at least once a year, because a smoothly running system uses less energy than a faulty system
  • Use energy efficient appliances by upgrading to Energy Star rated appliances
  • Try to avoid showers, stick to showers, which use less hot water, and keep showers to ten minutes max

By implementing these tips, you can save money on your heating bill and stay warm during the winter. Have more ways you’ve found to keep your winter utility bills down?

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