How To Cut Winter Energy Bills By 50%?

This winter, the price of energy is likely to go up, but there are a few things you can do to lower your bills.

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has cut production by two million barrels a day, which is making the price of natural gas go up again.

The National Energy Assistance Directors Association says that heating costs will go up by 17.2% from the same time last year to this winter.

Erin Shine, the founder of Attainable Home and an expert on sustainability, thinks that energy bills will rise at the same rate as general inflation, which was 8.2% in September.

Mr. Shine, who has been working in sustainability for 16 years, has made a list of things you can do to get ready for the long, dark winter.

The best way to get ready in winter is to make sure all the holes and cracks in your home are filled.

This is important because, according to a report from Energy Star, up to 40% of the energy used to heat and cool a "typical residence" is lost through air leaks.

Mr. Shine also says that you should change all of your home's lights to LED. LED lights are the best choice because they use less energy and last longer.

Some others are weather-stripping doors, washing clothes in cold water and letting them dry in the air, and turning the oven off early.

Mr. Shine said that if you use all of these tips, you might be able to cut your energy bill in half, depending on how your home is set up.