6 Energy and Money-Saving Ideas for the winter

It's never a bad time to save money. Though our demand response events take place in the summer, Meltek is here year-round to offer money-saving tips. Try some of our around-the-home saving strategies this winter.
November 21, 2023

1. Take advantage of your windows

During the day, keep your blinds open to let the sun naturally heat your home. This light can allow you to cut back on thermostat costs. Make sure to do this for all your windows, especially the south-facing ones. Make sure to close your curtains at night though, because windows can also cause heat loss when the sun goes down. You could even consider installing insulated curtains.  

2. Adjust the temperature  

Turning down your thermostat when you are out of the house or asleep can be an easy way to save money. According to the Department of Energy, you can save as much as 10% each year on heating and cooling just by turning your thermostat down 7°-10°F for 8 hours a day from its usual setting.  

3. Turn up your refrigerator temperature  

Check your refrigerator’s temperature settings. While it’s important to keep your fridge cold, it does not need to be on the coldest setting. If your temperature is too low, you can accidentally freeze your food. According to the FDA, you should keep your refrigerator below 40°F (4.4°C). The perfect temperature is 37°F (2.78°C). You should keep your freezer at 0°F. (-17.78°C). If your refrigerator and freezer do not allow you to set a specific temperature, you can use appliance thermometers to control and monitor them.  

4. Close the doors and vents for unused rooms  

Have a room you don’t use as often? Maybe it’s a guest room or a home gym. Stop heating it this winter by closing off all vents in the room and shutting all doors. Doing this will prevent you from unnecessarily heating a room you do not use.  

5. Turn down your water heater

Just like your thermostat, turning down the temperature of your water by even a few degrees can help you save on your energy bills. Opt for a warm shower instead of a scalding hot one, and you might be able to save more money this winter.  

6. Refer a Friend to Meltek

Meltek currently serves residents and businesses within Con Edison, Orange and Rockland, and PSEG Long Island territory, so make sure to refer your friends and family in these areas! When people successfully sign up with your referral code, you both earn an additional $5 that can be cashed in immediately! Then you and everyone you refer can participate in our energy-saving events next summer and save even more.