Take The Arctic Chill Out Of Your Bill

Dec 28, 2017

As winter presses on and a wave of cold air like we haven’t seen here in 100 years passes through, your furnace is going to be working double time to keep your home comfortable. Don’t let your heating bill set a record like the temperatures outside. 

Here are some easy tips to help you save energy, warm your home and keep your utility bill as low as possible.

 

  • Turn off everything not in use. That includes lights, TVs, computers and unplug electronic charging cords.
  • Maintain your furnace. Check the filter to see if it’s clogged or dirty, and replace it as needed to allow your furnace to operate more efficiently.
  • Seal doors. If you can see light around an exterior door or you feel a draft around the frame, add weather stripping and a door sweep or rolled up towel to seal the bottom.
  • Weather strip windows. If you have single-paned windows, consider installing storm windows, which can reduce heat loss by 25-50%. As an alternative, you can temporarily improve your windows with plastic sheeting installed on the inside. If you have window air conditioners, seal around them on the inside.
  • Close fireplace dampers. A fire in a maintained fireplace is a great way to heat your home, but make sure to close the damper when it’s not in use.
  • Consider a programmable or smart thermostat. Set your thermostat to 68 and bundle up in layers instead of turning it up. At night, lower the thermostat to 55-60 and add an extra blanket to the bed. You can easily save energy by lowering the temperature when you’re away (or asleep). We also have rebates available!
  • Reverse the direction of ceiling fans. Set your fan to spin in the clockwise direction at low speed. This produces a gentle updraft, which forces warm air near the ceiling down into the occupied space.
  • Lower the temperature on the hot water heater. About 15% of an average energy bill goes to heating water. Reducing the temperature to 120-125 degrees and wrapping your hot water heater with an insulation blanket will help reduce heat loss and energy use. 
  • Seal outlets and switches. Electric outlets and switches in exterior walls provide a perfect opening for cold air to enter your home. Install outlet insulators behind them.
  • Raise the humidity, lower the temperature. Dry air feels colder. Adding moisture with a humidifier allows you to lower the thermostat and feel equally as comfortable.