Turn Down Heating Costs on Winter Utility Bills
When you are inside for additional hours during the day, it can result in a significant increase in your usage of electricity, gas or oil, depending what type of heating your home uses, which will cause an increase in your utility bills. You hit the
light switch, the TV is clicked on, a computer is booted up, and the thermostat that controls the heating is adjusted to a comfortable level. All of these actions cause more draw on your utility usage.
These winter activities will lead to a higher utility bills; however, there are steps you can take to work toward keeping your bills as low as possible.
Heating Energy Saving Tips
Check your insulation and add more if necessary to meet the minimum thickness and R-value (insulation rating). Adequate insulation can make a difference in your home’s cost for heating and cooling all year long. Insulation keeps your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
Take care of your HVAC system by checking your filters regularly, changing them as needed, and having your equipment checked annually by an authorized dealer. A HVAC Maintenance Agreement and HVAC Filter Changing Plan with a reputable company will prolong the life of your HVAC system, minimize dust and air-born allergens, and improve the overall air-quality of your living and working environment.
In winter, set your thermostat heating limits as low as is comfortable.
Switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) or light emitting diodes (LEDs) can save over 75 percent on lighting costs.
Visually inspect the HVAC duct system for disconnected ducts. Look for leaks at the seams and connections. Repairing and sealing leaky ducts ensures the conditioned air gets inside your home and is not lost to the attic or crawlspace.
Call your trusted HVAC company who will be able to provide more energy-saving heating and cooling tips tailored to your specific needs.
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