With sky-high gas prices and no sign of relief it may seem like only royalty can afford to pay the bills at the moment. If you are struggling month-to-month don’t be discouraged. You are not alone. There are many people in the middle class that work hard but seem to get nothing. Making small changes to your energy use will ensure you will always be able to pay the bills.

Don’t Touch That Thermostat!

In the heat of the summer and the cold of the winter it can be difficult to leave the thermostat alone. If you can manage to acclimatise yourself to slightly warmer indoor temperatures in the summer and slightly cooler temperatures in the winter, the savings will be amazing. Big gas companies keep raising prices, and you are the one who suffers. The best way to stick it to them and save like royalty is to cut corners on energy use where you can. Keeping the thermostat set to one temperature a few degrees higher in the summer and a few degrees lower in the winter can result in great savings year round. So, no matter how tempting, don’t touch that thermostat! Grab a blanket or open a window. A cool night is the perfect excuse to snuggle up to your sweetie!

Nature Gives You What You Need – Use it

Ever heard the expression “Let the Sun Shine In”? It’s true that if you open your shades to sun-facing windows during the day more heat will come in to your home. Provided you have good insulation, the heat will warm your home throughout the day and into the night. Close the shades as it starts to get dark to keep that heat from escaping. Teach your kids to do the same, and you will be saving on those heating bills in no time.

Upgrade Your Home

Be sure to fix any insulation issues in your home. If your insulation is old or damaged, replace it. The money spent will pay off in the long run. Everything from shingles to paint can make your house more or less efficient. Check your doors and windows for drafts and cover them. There are many products on the market that simply slide under your door, and you can make your own as a DIY project to save even more! Install energy-efficient windows and wrap your water heater and pipes with heat tape or insulation blankets. They are not very costly. These small changes really add up in savings in a time like this when even the smallest of savings counts.

Professional Energy Assessment

If you don’t know where to start with making improvements to your home, you can have an energy audit performed by a professional. Spending a little money to find out everything that can be improved in your home proves to payoff. They will come to your home and assess any energy loss or safety issues you may have. Once the audit is complete, take their advice and get started on the improvements you can afford now and save up for the bigger ones.