If part of your winter fun includes a warm dip in your hot tub on the porch, there are plenty of ways to make it more energy efficient. Obviously, most of the heat in the tub will escape from the top, so a quality spa cover is an important, but easy, way to save money. Don’t skimp on your cover and make sure that you always strap it down tightly when it is not in use. Creating a windbreak around your hot tub area will give you more privacy and also keep winter winds from sapping heat from your hot tub.
Change Your Energy Supplier
It’s never fun trying to negotiate with your utility company, especially during the holidays, but there are a few ways that you can restructure your utilities to lower your bills. Using a third-party energy supplier can knock off up to 20 percent on electricity and natural gas bills. Third-party suppliers work with your utility company to structure a long-term discount for your energy needs, which can create significant savings, especially during the winter.
Natural Gas and Heating Oil
With recent discoveries and abundant supply, natural gas prices are expected to remain low throughout this winter. Heating costs always bring a significant bump to energy bills, but natural gas should provide your home or business with large savings for years to come, especially if you can lock in a natural gas price at today’s low rates. The price of heating oil continues to fluctuate, but if you don’t want to switch over to natural gas, heating oil will probably still be less than $4 per gallon throughout the winter.