The winter months bring tons of enjoyable activities and events, but it can also take a toll on your pocketbook. From holiday lights to staying warm throughout harsh weather, many the Bay Area families experience high energy expenses. Luckily, you can take some easy steps to decrease your expenses and achieve lower utility bills.
Our professionals at Contra Costa Heating & AC in the Bay Area put together 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 at times when you’re asleep or not home. Three to five percent more energy is consumed 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.
Put off doing laundry until you can run full loads. This will help you save 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, keep in mind: 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 more energy. The assessment can explain how to save as much as possible, including long- and short-term energy-saving solutions.
4. Properly seal your leaks.
From your air ducts to attics, walls and windows, there are plenty of areas in your home that may be letting cold air seep through. Simply tape heavy plastic over the windows, and add caulk or weatherstripping to seal leaks around doors and windows. Contact Contra Costa Heating & AC to find out 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, less efficient holiday lights for LED lights. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, LEDs use less energy than incandescent bulbs and can last up to 40 holiday seasons in the Bay Area.
6. Install a high-efficiency furnace.
If you need to upgrade your furnace, think about purchasing an energy efficient furnace. Some systems can save significant amounts of money every year on annual heating bills over older furnaces. Or, if it’s not quite time for a replacement, remember to schedule a routine maintenance visit for your current equipment. A quick tune-up can help you achieve lower utility bills by making it easier for the system to operate.
For more information on how you can achieve lower utility bills this winter, give Contra Costa Heating & AC in the Bay Area a call at 510-343-9841.