Monday, January 16, 2017
Wintertime can rack up a lot of extra dollars on your energy bill. Between heating your home and taking long, hot showers to get warm, your wallet can take a big hit. Do yourself a favor and follow these tips to use less energy in winter.
Open your drapes, and let natural sunlight help heat your home for free. Just remember to close the drapes once the sun is no longer shining on them.
Turn off lights when you’re not in the room. This super simple trick makes a big difference in reducing wasted energy.
Rearrange your furniture in rooms so you’re closer to interiors walls. (Exterior walls tend to be more drafty.) This can help keep your heat, and its costs, low.
Shorten your showers. Showers account for ⅔ of your water heating costs, so cut your shower time in half, and save energy and money on water heating.
Clean and replace your furnace filters regularly. Dirty filters restrict airflow and make your furnace work harder to pump air throughout your home.
Seal up any and all leaks. Fill leaks around windows and doors with caulk, as well as any small leaks on pipes and vents.
Turn your thermostat down to 68 degrees. Health permitting, turning the heat down and wearing a warm sweater instead can save you energy in heating costs.
Purchase ENERGY STARⓇ appliances. Buying these appliances can equal big savings on your utility bill since they use significantly less energy than other models.
Install a programmable thermostat. If you have a heat pump, make sure to purchase one that is designed to be compatible with heat pumps.
Install high-efficiency windows. When looking to replace your windows, choosing ENERGY STARⓇ ones can reduce your energy costs up to 15%.
A.B. May is committed to helping you lower your energy costs this winter. Our highly- skilled technicians are available to help you with your HVAC and plumbing problems anytime you need us. Call us 913-370-4898 for more information.