The cold season brings lots of fun activities and events, but it can also take a toll on your wallet. From holiday lights to staying warm during harsh weather, many Siloam Springs families experience high energy bills. Luckily, you can take some easy steps to cut back your expenses and achieve lower utility bills.
Our team at Siloam Springs Heating & AC in Siloam Springs came up with 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 reduce the temperature 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.
Don’t do laundry until you have enough for full loads. This will help save money on water heating, water usage and on heat used for the dryer. You don’t want to do more laundry than you have to anyway, right? And, don’t forget: cleaning 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 spots where your home is losing energy through leaks, drafts, or products and appliances that use extra energy. The assessment can explain how to save on energy expenses, including long- and short-term energy-saving solutions.
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 in unwanted cold air. Simply tape heavy plastic over the windows, and add caulk or weatherstripping to seal leaks coming through doors and windows. Contact Siloam Springs Heating & AC to find out more about sealing your air ducts.
5. Use LED holiday lights.
One easy way to receive lower utility bills is to switch out your older, less efficient holiday lights for LED lights. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, these energy efficient lights use less energy than incandescent bulbs and can work for nearly 40 holiday seasons in Siloam Springs.
6. Install a high-efficiency furnace.
If you need to replace your furnace, look into an energy efficient furnace. Some systems can save up to $800 every year on annual heating bills compared to older furnaces. Or, if it’s not quite time for a replacement, 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 work.
For more information on how you can reduce your utility bills this winter, give Siloam Springs Heating & AC in Siloam Springs a call at 479-308-8176.