Saving money in energy costs this winter doesn’t mean having to spend a ton of money on solar panels. There are many key improvements you can make that cost little if anything at all. Your Minneapolis heating service company gives you the following tips on how to reduce your energy costs.

You can reduce your monthly electric bill by as much as 15 percent by discovering just how much power you are using and where it makes sense to cut back. By adding a plug load monitor to any outlet, the monitor will display how much energy an appliance or device is using. This will help you determine what devices and appliances need to be better monitored to save money.

Dimmer switches are great when you want to set the mood for a romantic dinner, but they are also a great way to save money. By simply dimming the lights in a room by 10 percent, you can literally double the life of your light bulbs.

There really is no need to keep that porch light on all hours of the night. Adding a motion detector to your outdoor fixtures means they only consume energy when people are actually present.

Programmable thermostats can save you as much as $200 per year in energy costs. So when you forget to turn the heat down when you leave for work, your thermostat does it for you and saves money.

An insulating blanket for your water heater is a small investment that can cut water-heating costs by as much as 10 percent.

Follow these helpful tips and you will save on energy costs this winter.