The temperatures are already dipping in Georgia. Winter 2018 officially begins in the Northern Hemisphere on Friday, December 21 and ends on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 Eastern Time. That means the thermostat is going to rise with the heat and that means you will see a higher energy bill. Now is the time to research and implement ideas of how to keep your energy use down.
Here are 10 ways to shave your energy bills this winter
Contact your Electric Company / Utility Company and ask them about setting up a budget billing during the year. They take your monthly use for a year and determine a set payment which doesn’t change all year. That way your energy bill will be a fixed expense instead of a variable one. It especially pays off in the summer and winter months when you use your electricity more and have a higher bill.
Take Cheaper Showers
Consider an energy-efficient electric water heater. It can save up to 20% on your water heating bills with a quick payback time.
Insulate Your Attic
Not a ton of money to add insulation for attics, crawl spaces, ceilings, basement walls and around recessed lighting fixtures. But, it saves a lot on your energy bills. Plus, it takes out drafts and makes your family feel more comfortable. Check that your R-value is right for the climate where you live.
Think Energy Star
ENERGY STAR is the trusted, government-backed symbol for energy efficiency helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy-efficient products and practices. The ENERGY STAR label was established to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants caused by the inefficient use of energy; and make it easy for consumers to identify and purchase energy-efficient products that offer savings on energy bills without sacrificing performance, features, and comfort.
When purchasing look for the Energy Star rated appliances and you’ll reduce your bills.
Seal Air Leaks
Look for any cracks, gaps, or openings around your windows, doors, plumbing, and wiring. Seal it up, and you’ll save more than 10 percent on your heating bills. Start by caulking or weather-stripping around windows. Fill in cracks around door frames with caulk, and while you’re at it, install a screw-on or adhesive-backed door sweep. Use expanding-foam sealants to fill in larger gaps around plumbing and electrical work, especially where pipes enter your house through exterior walls.
Showing some love for your heating system by having regular tune-ups and sealing up leaky ductwork which can save you a bundle in heating and cooling bills. Soot buildup, dusty or poorly lubricated fans, flickering pilot lights, and loose fan belts can add hundreds to your heating costs each year.
Contact the pros at TRUST Heating & Air to discuss savings tips and free estimates.