As the temperature gets lower, our monthly utility bills tend to get higher thanks to increased heating needs. Heat is a necessity, and ideally one you shouldn’t have to break the bank for. There are a few free and easy tips you can follow to conserve energy and reduce your monthly bills.
1. Be Mindful of the Temperature
It’s easy to set the thermostat to an ideal temperature and forget about it. However, setting the thermostat to just ten degrees cooler when you’re sleeping or not home could generate a decent savings on your energy bill. If you have a smart thermostat, you can program the temperature changes for certain times of day.
2. Fix Leaks and Drafts
Have you been meaning to fix that drafty window? The longer you put it off, the more it could be costing you. Use caulk or weather-stripping around older windows that seem to have an air leak. You can also try adding plastic film or curtains as extra insulation.
3. Don’t Forget About Natural Heat
Even on the coldest days, we get some heat from the sun. Be sure to open any curtains on the south side of your home to allow all natural sunlight in. Of course, you have to remember to close them each night to trap the heat inside.
4. Make Sure Your HVAC Unit is Regularly Serviced
Units that are regularly maintained operate more efficiently, meaning you aren’t wasting money on sub-par heating. Additionally, regular service means cleaner air to breathe and a longer lifespan for your heater.
If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call or refer to our heating service page!