Simple Solutions to Keep Energy Bills Low

Jan 14, 2013 by

The pleasant temperatures of spring may feel like months away this winter as we raise the thermostat once again. With parts of the U.S. experiencing severe winter weather, maintaining a comfortable temperature in your home without raising your utility bills can seem daunting. There are several easy and relatively inexpensive steps you can take to not only make sure your home stays warm, but also help lower your utility bills. As an added side benefit, when your home is heating in a more efficient manner, it will help you save on energy bills.

Maintain or Replace Heating Equipment

Dirt, neglect and improper maintenance are some of the top causes of heating system failure. If the heating equipment in your home is more than 10 years old, now would be a good time to schedule a checkup with a licensed contractor.  This will allow you to make sure your system is operating at its peak level. Routine maintenance of your heating equipment can actually save you money in the long run by catching a problem before it escalates. Inspecting and replacing air filters in your heating system can save an average of 5 to 15 percent on annual energy costs.

Another easy and quick fix is to install a programmable thermostat. You can set the temperature to stay low when no one is home and have it increase a little before your usual arrival time. Throw a few extra blankets on the beds at night and lower the thermostat to save a little more on your energy bill. When a thermostat is set properly you could potentially save up to $180 each year in energy costs.

While you’re adjusting the temperature on your thermostat, make sure to lower the water heater’s temperature as well. This can lower your water heating costs by up to 10 percent. To check the current settings, run hot water at the tap closest to the water heater for at least three minutes. Next fill a glass and check the temperature with a thermometer. If the water is above 120 degrees, adjust the dial, wait about three hours and check again. Repeat until you get to the desired 120-degree setting. For a final check, test the temperature again the following morning before anyone uses hot water.

Seal Air Leaks in Your Home

If certain rooms or areas in your home are drastically cooler than others, have excessive dust problems, or you’ve noticed humidity, you should consider having your home inspected for air leaks. Sealing air leaks will have a significant impact on maintaining a set temperature throughout your home and reducing your energy bills. After a home inspection, you may find that your home needs more insulation. Before adding insulation, be sure to seal any air leaks first to ensure you get the best performance from the new insulation.

All of the mentioned suggestions can lower your utility bills and help keep your home running more efficiently. Having a home energy evaluation performed by a licensed Dr. Energy Saver contractor will help pinpoint the areas of your home that need to be upgraded and can offer a more permanent solution. Find a local Dr. Energy Saver technician in your area by visiting today!

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