The holiday season is no-doubt one of the most expensive times of the year. Between gifts, travel, entertaining, and all the food, we spend hundreds. Perhaps an expense that always sneaks up every winter are those pesky energy bills. With heat, holiday lights, and extra time spent indoors, your energy bill will inevitably be the highest during these months. Even in your apartment, these numbers can increase—so we’ve come up with a few quick and easy ways to lower energy bills at your NJ apartment this holiday and winter season.

  1. It’s getting hot in here

One of the biggest energy sucks that your apartment might have is leaving the heat on full-blast while you’re away for hours on end. Consider bringing the temperature down a few degrees before you leave for work—or if you have smart-home capability, control your settings with an app so you won’t be wasting precious dollars. Another huge help is investing in a draft guard or even window sealant to keep that Northeast cold air out as much as possible.

  1. Holiday lights

Again, people use a lot more energy this time of year due to holiday decorations. You may not think those twinkle lights use up too much, but be sure to check out the wattage on each one before buying or even plugging them in. They can take up huge chunks of your energy, and you may not even know it. Again, these days, LED bulbs are everywhere AND they last longer, so put that at the top of your holiday list this year. Something as simple as choosing the right decorations could lower the energy bill at your NJ apartment.

  1. Get scrappy

If you’ve done all this and still feel like there’s a way you could be saving more, here are just a few more tiny, little ways to save a few extra bucks. If your apartment has a fireplace, consider heating your space up with this added value piece—that’s what it’s there for after all! Another good habit to get into is unplugging devices that you aren’t using at that moment. If something is plugged in but not in use, it’s still using small energy, so by completely removing them, you’re saving yourself a few bucks!

Every penny counts this time of year, and taking steps to lowering energy bills at your NJ apartment can put more money back in the bank when you need it!