The cold season brings a bunch of enjoyable activities and events, but it can also take a toll on your pocketbook. From holiday lights to maintaining a warm home during harsh weather, many Beckley and Mount Hope families are left with high energy costs. Luckily, you can take some easy steps to reduce your expenses and achieve lower utility bills.
Our professionals at Appalachian Heating in Beckley and Mount Hope created a list of ways you can save. Try them out and experience lower utility bills this winter season.
1. Adjust your thermostat.
Set your thermostat to lower heating output when you’re asleep or not home. Three to five percent more energy is required when your furnace is set above 68 degrees, so try keeping your home at 68 degrees when you’re at home and awake, and lower to 55-65 degrees at times when you’re away at work, out of town or sleeping to achieve lower utility bills.
2. Make sure you only wash when you have full loads.
Don’t do laundry until you have enough for full loads. This will help save money on water heating, water usage and on heat used for the dryer. You don’t want to do more laundry than was really necessary, right? And, remember: cleaning out the lint trap after every load can save you up to $34 a year, according to PG&E.
3. Conduct a home energy audit.
A home energy audit can help you see the spots where your home is losing energy through leaks, drafts, or products and appliances that use excess energy. The assessment can show you ways to save on energy expenses, including long- and short-term energy-saving options.
4. Properly seal your leaks.
From your air ducts to attics, walls and windows, there are a number of areas in your home that may be allowing cold air in. Simply tape heavy plastic over the windows, and add caulk or weatherstripping to seal leaks on doors and windows. Contact Appalachian Heating to find out more about sealing your air ducts.
5. Use LED holiday lights.
One easy way to achieve lower utility bills is to switch out your older holiday lights for LED lights. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, these energy efficient lights use less energy than incandescent bulbs and can work for nearly 40 holiday seasons in Beckley and Mount Hope.
6. Install a high-efficiency furnace.
If you need a new furnace, think about purchasing an energy efficient furnace. Some systems can save up to $800 yearly on annual heating bills versus older furnaces. Or, if you’ve made a replacement recently, remember to schedule a maintenance visit for your current furnace. A quick tune-up can help you achieve lower utility bills by making it easier for the system to do its job.
For more information on how you can lower your utility bills this winter, give Appalachian Heating in Beckley and Mount Hope a call at 304-707-0600.