6 Ways to Get Lower Utility Bills this Winter

November 10, 2014

The winter months bring lots of exciting activities and events, but it can also impact your budget. From holiday lights to keeping your home cozy in the middle of harsh weather, many Lawrence families have high energy expenses. Luckily, there are easy ways to reduce your expenses and achieve lower utility bills.

Our team at Scott Temperature in Lawrence created a list of ways you can save. Try them out and see lower utility bills this winter season.

1. Adjust your thermostat.

Program your thermostat to lower heating output during hours when you’re asleep or not home. Three to five percent more energy is required when your furnace is set above 68 degrees, so try keeping your home at 68 degrees when you’re at home and awake, and lower 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.

Hold on doing laundry until you have enough for full loads. This will help you save on water heating, water usage and on heat required for the dryer. You don’t want to do more laundry than actually needed, 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 see the places 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 options.

4. Properly seal your leaks.

From your HVAC ducts to attics, walls and windows, there are many areas in your home that may be letting in unwanted cold air. Simply cover drafty windows with a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet, and add caulk or weatherstripping to seal leaks around doors and windows. Contact Scott Temperature to learn more about sealing your air ducts.

5. Use LED holiday lights.

One easy way to get lower utility bills is to switch out your older 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 last nearly 40 holiday seasons in Lawrence.

6. Install a high-efficiency furnace.

If you need a new furnace, look into an energy efficient furnace. Some systems can save hundreds of dollars yearly on annual heating bills over older furnaces. Or, if you’ve made a replacement recently, remember to schedule a service visit for your current furnace. A simple 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 lower your utility bills this winter, give Scott Temperature in Lawrence a call at 785-269-0465.