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11 Powerful Tactics to Reduce Your Bills and Help the Planet This Winter

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  • 11 Powerful Tactics to Reduce Your Bills and Help the Planet This Winter

    A large part of your actions is actually governed by your emotions, and this includes the way you use things like electricity, natural gas and fuel for you car. If your emotions are not in the right place, you are probably using energy that you don't need, and this means higher bills all around for your family this winter.

    “We all deserve to have a home and a business that's comfortable winter, spring, summer or fall. However, many of us will turn up the heat, leave on lights or even leave the television on in order to make up for a feeling of loneliness or feeling of insecurity,” says Hale Dwoskin, CEO and Director of Training of Sedona Training Associates.

    Here are some common emotional energy wasters

    * Leaving on lights that you don’t need in order to feel “safe.”
    * Turning on the TV just for background noise because it’s “too quiet.”
    * Driving faster than the speed limit because you must "stay ahead of traffic or beat someone to the light."
    * Turning the heat way up because it “feels cozier.”

    “If you find that you’re leaving the lights on or turning up the heat in order to feel safe or comforted, or in order not to feel alone, you have a choice,” Dwoskin says. “You can choose to let go of these feelings and by so doing find that you feel more secure and less lonely whether or not the heat is turned up or you’re using unnecessary lights.”

    So the first step in reducing your bills this winter is really to learn how to let go using The Sedona Method.

    “This will naturally allow you to be smarter about your utility bills without needing to feel like you're sacrificing,” Dwoskin says. “If you find yourself getting ready to turn up the heat or crank up the lights, let go instead and you'll be surprised at how easy it is to reduce your bills.”

    That said, the following tips are the practical manifestations of letting go; the things that will become second nature once you have addressed your emotions. They are also some of the simplest ways to not only reduce your bills, but help the planet at the same time.

    1. Turn down the heat. Set the thermostat to 68 degrees during the day, and 60 degrees at night. Every degree above these temperatures can increase your bill by 3 percent. If you feel cold, put on a sweater and get cozy under a warm blanket.

    2. Don’t linger in the shower. Water heating makes up about 13 percent of home energy costs, so cutting down on your long showers will save you money.

    3. Turn off the lights when you don’t need them. And when you do use lights, use small table or desk lamps rather than large overhead lights.

    4. Only leave the TV on when you’re watching it. Avoid turning it on just for background noise, or leaving it on while you’re asleep.

    5. Use a shovel, not a snow blower, to remove snow. You’ll save on the fuel costs, and a shovel is more environmentally friendly as well.

    6. Walk when you can. If a store is within a few blocks, walk there or take your bike instead of driving. Stop resisting alternative methods of transportation and instead embrace the simplicity of walking to the store or bus stop.

    7. Release the urge to have the brightest house on the block this holiday season. Will lighting up every tree in your yard really make your holidays more joyous? Cut back this year and save money and resources instead. At the very least, put the lights on a timer so they don’t stay on all night.

    8. Embrace simple methods of heat efficiency. Put rugs under your doors to help insulate a room. Open your curtains during the day to take advantage of the sun’s heating capabilities, and close them in the evening for extra insulation.

    9. Consider ditching your portable heaters. They can be major energy hounds. One portable heater that runs for eight hours a day can add over $60 a month to your bill.

    10. Turn down the heat when you leave. Reducing your thermostat by 10 degrees when the house is unoccupied (or at night) can save you up to 15 percent on heating costs, according to the Kansas Corporation Commission.

    11. Get handy around the house. Replace your furnace filters (clogged filters lower the heater’s efficiency), seal any gaps and cracks around windows, doors, in the attic or near the chimney, keep the chimney damper closed when it’s not in use and consider installing storm doors and windows for an extra layer of insulation.
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