With the days getting shorter and the temperatures dropping, most people are experiencing a rise in their energy bills. It is easy to run up energy costs in your home during the cold fall and winter months since heating is the top energy source used during this time. Explore our blog for useful fall energy saving tips that can be utilized to help keep your heating costs down while still staying warm this season!
1. ADJUST THERMOSTAT TEMPERATURE
One quick and easy way to save on your energy bill is to lower your home’s thermostat. When going to bed or leaving the house for work, try turning the temperature down by 10 degrees. Doing so can save you about 10 percent on your heating bill. If you have a programmable thermostat, you can easily adjust the times you turn on the heating according to a pre-set schedule. Programmable thermostats are very convenient because they can store and repeat multiple daily settings that you can manually override if needed. If you do not have a programmable thermostat but are considering getting one for your home, Bob’s Heating and Air Conditioning offers the best in thermostat technology from the most reputable brands.
2. SEAL AIR LEAKS
Another good way to lower your energy bill is to make sure that all the air leaks in your home are sealed. Most air leaks come from windows and doors that are not sealed properly. Also, there are other hidden areas such as the attic or basement that could have air leaks as well. To seal air leaks, it is a good idea to add weather-stripping around doors or caulking the connections between windows and walls also works well to reduce heat loss too.
3. HEATING SYSTEM MAINTENANCE
One of the most important things that you can do increase energy efficiency and to keep things running smoothly in your home is to maintain your heating system. This involves performing simple tasks such as checking your thermostat connections, replacing your air filter and taking on more complicated tasks (such as checking gas connections and equipment controls). It is recommended to hire a professional to do a yearly inspection since they have the required knowledge to perform all tests and inspections thoroughly to ensure that your energy is efficient throughout the entire house. Bob’s Heating and Air Conditioning offers annual maintenance plans that include Trust Certified technicians who will diagnose any problems or system failures.
4. CHECK YOUR FIREPLACE
Lastly, you can reduce heat loss in your home by checking your fireplace and keeping it clean. One way to make sure that heat does not escape through your chimney is to keep your fireplace damper closed when the fireplace is not in use. If you have a fireplace and a heating system in your home, it is advised to avoid running them both at the same time. To reduce air pollution and save on energy costs, consider switching to a gas fireplace if you still have a wood-burning fireplace.
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