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6 Ways to Get Lower Utility Bills this Winter

The cold season brings lots of fun activities and events, but it can also impact your pocketbook. From holiday lights to keeping your home cozy during harsh weather, many Saint Marys families have high energy costs. Luckily, there are steps you can take to reduce your expenses and achieve lower utility bills.

Our team at Turner Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning in Saint Marys put together 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 decrease 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 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 actually needed, right? And, remember: clearing out 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 determine the areas where your home is losing energy through leaks, drafts, or products and appliances that use excess energy. The assessment can show you how to save on energy expenses, including long- and short-term energy-saving options.

4. Properly seal your leaks.

From your air ducts to attics, walls and windows, there are many 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 on doors and windows. Contact Turner Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning 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 less efficient holiday lights for LED lights. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, these lights use less energy than incandescent bulbs and can last up to 40 holiday seasons in Saint Marys.

6. Install a high-efficiency furnace.

If you need a new furnace, look into an energy efficient furnace. Some systems can save up to $800 every year on annual heating bills versus older furnaces. Or, if you’re not quite ready for a replacement, remember to schedule a service visit for your current equipment. A quick 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 Turner Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning in Saint Marys a call at 912-208-2470.
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