Saving Money on Winter Energy Bills
If your bank account is feeling a little empty after the holidays, you aren’t alone. Unfortunately, as the Pennsylvania temperatures plummet this January, you’re probably expecting to have higher energy bills. The good news, though, is that there are actually some pretty simple steps you can take to lower your bill, even during this often expensive time of year, and you won’t even have to sacrifice your family’s comfort to do it.
Turn Down the Heat
The easiest way to save a money on your gas or electric bill is to simply turn the thermostat down a few degrees. Setting your thermostat at 68 degrees instead of, say, 70 or 72 degrees will save you a considerable amount of money. For every degree you lower the temperature between 60 degrees and 70 degrees, you can expect to see approximately a 5% decrease in your heating bill.
When you’re at work or out for the day, drop the thermostat to 55 degrees for even more savings. Health permitting, you can also significantly decrease the temperature while you’re sleeping. Another option is adding climate control in each room. Doing so would allow you to keep the rooms you’re using at a given time toasty and warm while keeping the others cooler.
Replace Furnace Filters
The filter in your furnace needs to be replaced regularly. If it isn’t, it can become dirty and block airflow. This makes your furnace work harder to heat your home which increases your bill. Simply replacing your furnace filter is another easy way to save about 5%.
Adjust and Insulate Your Water Heater
You can save 7 to 11 percent on your energy bill just by putting your water heater on the “normal” setting. If your water heater doesn’t have a “normal” setting, set it at 120 degrees. If you have a dishwasher, be sure to check the manual first to see what water temperature is required for optimal performance.
Since many water heaters are located in cold spaces like basements and garages, they have to work constantly to keep water warm during the winter. Simply wrapping it in insulation is a simple and effective way to keep the water warm without using as much energy. Water heater insulation and blankets can be found at any hardware store.
Seal Air Leaks
If cold water can get in your house, your heating system needs to work harder to maintain a comfortable temperature. Windows and doors are common problem areas. Apply caulking around them to block drafts and seal gaps. If you have older windows, consider covering them in clear plastic to stop chilly breezes from entering your home. Install draft guards on doors leading outside and to cold areas. Make a sweep around your house to look for pipes, vents and conduits going through walls, ceiling and floors to the outside or cold areas. Seal any gaps you find.
Upgrade Your Heating System
Today’s heating systems are much more energy efficient than older models. At John McCuen Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning, Inc., we have several models of energy-efficient furnaces, boilers and heat pumps to choose from, and we will install them fast. Upgrading to a new energy efficient heating system comes at a significant up-front cost, but it will save you a lot of money over time.
When temperatures fall, your energy bills don’t have to climb. Just keep these simple tips in mind, and if you need heating system maintenance, repair or furnace replacement in Broomall, PA, call John McCuen Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning, Inc. at 610-352-9395.