6 Ways to Get Lower Utility Bills this Winter

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The winter season brings a bunch of enjoyable activities and events, but it can also take a toll on your pocketbook. From holiday lights to keeping your home cozy during harsh weather, many Marshfield families experience high energy bills. Luckily, there are easy ways to cut back your expenses and achieve lower utility bills.

Our experts at House of Heating Incorporated in Marshfield put together a list of ways you can save. Try them out and see 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 used when your furnace is set above 68 degrees, so try keeping your home at 68 degrees when you’re at home and awake, and decrease 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.

Put off doing laundry until you have enough for full loads. This will save you 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, keep in mind: clearing 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 find the places where your home is losing energy through leaks, drafts, or products and appliances that use excess energy. The assessment can explain how to save as much as possible, including long- and short-term energy-saving possibilities.

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 letting cold air seep through. Simply cover windows with plastic, and add caulk or weatherstripping to seal leaks around doors and windows. Contact House of Heating Incorporated to learn more about sealing your air ducts.

5. Use LED holiday lights.

One of the easiest ways to get lower utility bills is to switch out your older, less efficient holiday lights for LED lights. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, LEDs use less energy than incandescent bulbs and can last up to 40 holiday seasons in Marshfield.

6. Install a high-efficiency furnace.

If you need to upgrade your furnace, look into an energy efficient furnace. Some systems can save hundreds of dollars a year on annual heating bills versus older furnaces. Or, if you’ve made a replacement recently, remember to schedule a routine maintenance visit for your current equipment. An easy tune-up can help you achieve lower utility bills by making it easier for the system to operate.

For more information on how you can achieve lower utility bills this winter, give House of Heating Incorporated in Marshfield a call at 888-384-3163.
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