Top 8 Ways to Save on Your Electric Bill

The winter months can be tough to pinch pennies; I get it. But, know that there are some great tips for you to save money by merely reducing some simple electricity draining activities.

Here are great ways to save money this winter:

  1. Replace Incandescent Light Bulbs With LEDs LEDs are much more energy efficient. These bulbs will not only save more power, but they’ll also last longer. Check out these LED bulbs.
  2. Unplug Electronics After Use. You might not be charging your phone, etc., but the chargers could still be drawing energy at home. Try using a smart power strip that shuts off the current when the electronics are not in use.
  3. Use Cold Water For Laundry. Using hot water will consume more electricity simply because the water heater will need to run. You can merely try not to use super hot water, but something that isn’t too cold either.
  4. Take Shorter Showers. By taking shorter showers, it will reduce how much water you use, which will limit the amount of time that your electric water heater needs. Sounds simple enough, right? Just use a timer and take a shorter shower.
  5. Energy Efficient Showerhead. You can save 2,000+ gallons of water every year by using a more efficient showerhead. This measure will save you tons of money on your electric bill, for sure.
  6. Adjust Your Thermostat. We keep our thermostat at a certain temperature and keep it there all winter long. We do not touch it unless absolutely necessary.
  7. Use Solar Lights Outside. We love having these lights outside. They’re relatively cheap and don’t need energy due to being solar powered, so it’s a win-win!
  8. Motion Sensors. All of our outside lights have these detectors, etc. Motion sensors can significantly help you when someone might forget to turn off the lights.

These suggestions are just some simple tricks that we have done to reduce our electric bill in the winter time. They have really and truly helped us. What have you done that has cut your electric bill?

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Spring Cleaning in Winter

Even though it is winter time and it is hard to focus on the fact that spring is around the corner, you need to start. Plan now rather than trying to do it all later. What do I mean?

Begin creating your spring cleaning list NOW rather than waiting.

  1. Wipe Walls and Ceilings: This task can be hard and not done often. You can clean by using a vacuum to remove dust. Tackle stubborn surface grime with this cleaner
  2. Clean Rugs: You can wash your rugs, and carpet, using this deep-cleaner with a rotary shampoo machine. It is easy to use and is super affordable one to two times a year.
  3. Dust Shelves: You will want to take everything off the shelves. Brush shelves and books with a feather duster. Wipe this off accordingly, and you have clean shelving.
  4. Clean Upholstered Furnishings: Go ahead and take cushions outside and gently air clean them by brushing them off. You will want to vacuum the couches, chairs, etc., anything that is not on the cushions.
  5. Wash Window Screens: Windows can be difficult to cleanse. Clean the windows by using warm water and a mild dishwashing liquid on the glass. Then, the screens by scrubbing each with a brush. Seems simple enough. Clean Window Treatments: Read the labels on any curtains or drapery, and freshen-up accordingly.

There are so many spots to clean in your house, especially once a year. This preparation can honestly help your home get back on track and wash all the winter yuck out. There is nothing worse than having dust and germs living in your house. You only need to do take these steps once or twice a year, and it will be fine!

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5 Ways To Prep For Winter

By now, many of us are starting to experience the winter months. Sigh. Couldn’t it just stay fall or summer all year? I wish. Whenever winter comes, we have to prep to be ready for it. We can get stuck in blizzards or snowed in indoors.

Here are 5 ways to prep for winter.

  • Insulate Pipes and Spigots: Older homes need this step. If you lose power a lot too, you will want to take care of these items. You do not want your pipes to burst; It isn’t any fun at all. TRUST ME. Save time and money by handling this bit before it’s too late.
  • Stock Up on Fuel and Have a Backup for Heat: If you have a fireplace, you will want to stock up on wood now. Also, check that the fireplace works and is cleaned before the winter storms come rolling in. If you do not have a fireplace, now is the time to think of another option, such as a generator. We actually have BOTH (fireplace and a generator) just because we always like to be prepared for any instance.
  • Add a Coat and Create an Emergency Kit: This is one of the most important steps, I think, personally. Make sure that you have coats, blankets, socks, gloves, extra clothes, etc. in your car at all times. You never know when you’ll need them, especially if you live in areas where you always get winter storms. OR better yet, what if your car breaks down and there isn’t even a winter storm? You will be ready. Here is an emergency kit to consider, too.
  • Get Chimneys and Furnaces Cleaned: Be careful how you place your heaters, candles, etc. as you do not want to start a fire. Turn electronics and such off when you aren’t home, and teach the kids the importance of this, too.
  • Snow Tires and Car Prep: You want to take care of your car kit before the winter storms come.  Be sure to have everything up to date with your mode of transportation. If you do not know, take it into a shop so they will check it all out for you.

I also like to keep water in my car as well as any necessities (I keep overnight bags just in case). You guys, we get crazy winters here, and I always like to be prepared. What are some items that you keep in your car during the winter months?

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Cure Your Winter Lips Organically.

Because of their cleansing, soothing nature and ability to promote soft, healthy-looking skin, essential oils are very useful for personal care and hygiene. We often focus on using essential oils for skin, but sometimes neglect an important part of personal care—the lips. Without proper care, the lips can become dry and rough; but with the help of essential oils, the lips can once again feel soft and look healthy.

The doTERRA SPA Lip Balm was designed with safe, soothing ingredients and essential oils to help improve the look and feel of the lips. If you want soft, hydrated, healthy lips, the doTERRA SPA Lip Balm will give you the benefits you desire—all while providing a lovely aromatic essential oil experience. With Original, Tropical, and Herbal blends, the doTERRA SPA Lip Balm is a favorite in the doTERRA SPA product line.
Where to buy doTERRA SPA Lip Balm
If you are interested in buying a three-pack of lip balm that includes one of each blend, visit the doTERRA SPA Lip Balm product information page. You can also check out individual product pages for doTERRA SPA Lip Balm—OriginaldoTERRA SPA Lip Balm—Herbal, and doTERRA SPA Lip Balm—Tropical. Visit the doTERRA SPA page to learn more about other products in this line.
While many lip balms, lipsticks, and lip glosses contain synthetic materials or toxins, the doTERRA SPA Lip Balm formula contains safe, natural ingredients and CPTG® essential oils. For a safe way to keep your lips hydrated and soft, choose the doTERRA SPA Lip Balm, and forget about questionable ingredients.


doTERRA SPA Lip Balm Uses and Benefits

  1. With a unique blend of CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils, each lip balm in the doTERRA SPA product line has been designed to create a powerful sensory experience for the user. Each lip balm formula contains essential oils that have been specifically chosen for their invigorating, uplifting, and refreshing properties when used topically. Like many other products in the doTERRA SPA line, the Original, Tropical, and Herbal Lip Balm blends were designed for the purpose of creating a rejuvenating, spa-like aromatic experience.
  2. Along with essential oils, each lip balm includes ingredients that help hydrate and soften the lips. Avocado oil offers hydration for the lips as well as essential fatty acids that contribute to the softening of the lips—allowing them to look and feel healthy. A gentle ingredient, avocado oil makes each lip balm the perfect tool for maintaining soft, healthy lips.
  3. In addition to pure essential oils and avocado oil, each doTERRA SPA Lip Balm blend also includes moringa oil—an emollient that can help improve how lips look and feel. When your lips aren’t looking their best, daily use of the doTERRA SPA Lip Balm will help improve the look and feel of the lips, with the help of safe, natural ingredients like moringa oil.

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KEEP WINTER SKIN SOFT WITH BURT’S BEES BABY

The winter can be hard on our skin, especially on the delicate skin of our littles’. Keep their skin soft and hydrated with effective, natural skincare from Burt’s Bees Baby.

Here are a few of our favorite items.

Multipurpose Ointment 

This petroleum-free, shea butter ointment is pediatrician-tested to be gentle enough for everyday use. Soothe painful diaper rash or apply on rough spots for a protective barrier against the elements.

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Buttermilk Soap

Bath time just got better with this mommy-approved buttermilk soap. Designed to soften and soothe skin without chemicals, it cleanses your baby’s skin just the way nature intended.

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Nourishing Lotion – Fragrance Free

Enriched with aloe and shea butter, this fragrance-free lotion is made to soften even the most sensitive skin. Apply all over after bath time to lock in moisture and keep baby soft and happy all winter long.

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COMFORTABLE SPRING FLEECE FOR KIDS FROM UNDER ARMOUR

Under Armour’s new light and comfortable spring fleece is made for kid athletes ready to take the season by storm. From school to sports, this super soft and extra stretchy fleece is designed for every situation.

UA Threadborne™ Big Logo

This boy’s hoodie is designed with the active kid in mind. It wicks sweat, dries fast, and stretches, perfect for the kid on-the-move.

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Armour Fleece® Big Logo Printed

With a relaxed fit and water-repelling technology, this girl’s hoodie is up for lounging or inside or playing outside. Its soft, brushed inner layer traps heat for all-day warmth and comfort, no matter what’s in store.

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UA Threadborne™ Tilt

The warmth of fleece meets the performance of Under Armour with this boy’s hoodie. Constructed with an ultra-soft feel, natural stretch, and breathable fleece, don’t be surprised if he wants one for every day of the week.

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FRUGAL LIVING WINTER PREPARATION TIPS FOR YOUR HOME

With the winter months here, people can be anxious with their money. We have to stay warm and the bills tend to go up more in these months than in the summer, for most people anyway. Here are some quick and easy tips to help you live frugal during the winter months. 

ENERGY EFFICINECY TIP # 1

  1. DRAFT DOORS AND WINDOWS? Seal up those Cracks!
  2. Seal gaps of less than 1.2 inch Select grade (interior, Exterior, high temperature).
  3. Spray foam by filling in large cracks and small holes. DO NOT USE near flammable applications( e.g. flue, vents).
  4. Weather stripping used to seal movable components, such as doors, windows, and attic accesses

2 ENERGY EFFICIENCY TIP # 2

  1. Covering your windows curtains can help reduce heat loss by 10%!
  2. Open the curtains during the day to let the sun warm the room. At night close them to keep the cold air out.

Energy efficiency tip # 3

  1. Do you feel cold air around the outlets? There could be a hole somewhere allowing the air to get through examine it and find out where the source is.

 

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23 Things To Have For Winter Storms

By now we have all had some winter storms, but luckily none of them were damaging. This is the time to stock up now for your winter storms. We don’t like to do this and like to think about this, but we know that we have to face reality. I love to stock up on these items before winter comes so that I don’t spend a ton of money all at once when it gets cold out.

So what does that mean? Heres a list of items you need for your winter storm prep:

  1.  One gallon of water per person per day
  2. Non-perishable food
  3.  manual can opener
  4.  battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA weather radio
  5. extra batteries
  6. Flashlight
  7. First aid kit
  8. Moist towelettes
  9. candles
  10. matches/lighters
  11. charcoal or propane for the grill
  12.  canned goods
  13. coolers and ice
  14.  dog, or cat, food
  15. toilet paper
  16.  hand sanitizer
  17.  garbage bags
  18. blankets
  19.  pillows
  20.  cash handy
  21.  Important family documents in a waterproof container
  22.  daily prescription medications
  23. infant formula or diapers.

Don’t wait for the storm to come, prepare now for it. Make sure that you stock up. What are some items that you have stocked up come winter time

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27 Free Winter Activities 

I get it no one really likes the winter weather, but it comes anyway. Now that it is here to stay, we might as well enjoy it. With each season, there are some great activities and FREE things that you can do to male those cold and sometimes dreary days full of memories. 

Everyone can get involved with these great winter activities. Create memories with everyone including friends, family, and grandparents.

Outside Activities – Bundle up in your snow gear and head outside.

  • Make a snowman
  • Make a snow angel
  • Go sledding

In the Kitchen – Keep warm by the stove as you fill your house with the smell of homemade cooking/

  • Have hot chocolate
  • Bake homemade cinnamon rolls
  • Cook popcorn
  • Bake your favorite cookie
  • Have breakfast for dinner
  • Make snow ice cream

Get Creative – Let your creative juices flow, and make some homemade gifts at the same time!

  • Paint pictures on heavy paper
  • Make a scrapbook or photo album from Christmas pictures
  • Make sock puppets
  • Color in a coloring book
  • Build cars, houses, or space ships with Legos

Around the House – Forget the cold outside and make some lasting memories with the family.

  • Nerf dart gun war
  • Work a 1000 piece puzzle
  • Play a board game
  • Have a movie marathon
  • Play a card game
  • Watch old home movies
  • Play with a doll house
  • Play “I Spy”
  • Challenge family members to a Wii bowling tournament

Out in Town – Brave the chilly temperatures and explore the area around you.

  • Visit your local library
  • Tour a local museum
  • Play hide and seek
  • Visit your local zoo

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SHOP COZY HOME DECOR FROM PLOW & HEARTH

As the weather gets cooler, keep your home cozy and with a few design updates from Plow & Hearth. Plus, save $10 on orders $75+ with code LSBRANDC.

Here are a few of our favorite home decor items.

Jacobean Thermalogic Grommet-Top Curtains 

Made from 100% cotton with a rich, woven texture, these curtains are simultaneously energy efficient and stylish. Keep the cold air out and the warm air in with these curtains throughout the fall and winter months.

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Logs Hearth Candle Holder

A cozy home wouldn’t be complete without candles. Dress up an unused fireplace with these log candles to emulate the look of real firewood without the work.

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Oversized Bennington Plaid Throw 

Curl up on the couch with this classic oversized throw. Lightweight, soft, and warm, it’s perfect just for you, or for the kiddos to join you for a family movie night.

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