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Tips for Managing Winter Heating Bills

December 5, 2016

Tip #1: Use your thermostat wisely.
If you are always adjusting your thermostat to be a different temperature, you are likely using too much energy and your utility bill could rise significantly. Keep your thermostat set at the same temperature each day if you plan on being home. Or, consider using a programmable thermostat that can help you schedule when your heat turns off and on. If you’re gone at work during most of the day, setting your thermostat to be 10 to 15 degrees lower during that time, then programming it to go up when you get home, you could save a big portion of money on heating costs each month.

Tip #2: Say goodbye to air leaks.
Leaking windows or doors mean that you’re letting money fly out the window! Every winter, be sure you caulk and seal around any cracks or other openings in doors or windows that may have developed throughout the year. Make sure the weather-stripping in the door frames is intact and be sure that you replace it completely if it’s deteriorated. In addition, make sure the ductwork in your home is properly sealed. If it’s not, you could not only be letting warm air out and cold air in, but you could also be letting toxic air particles and other air pollutants into your home.

Tip #3: Schedule regular HVAC maintenance service appointments.
Regular HVAC system checkups are necessary and helpful so you can keep your system working at its maximum efficiency throughout the year, especially in the winter. This will also allow for the HVAC professionals to diagnose any issues that may be unseen and get them fixed before a bigger, more expensive problem occurs.

Saving money while tackling the bitter cold of winter can be easy with a little planning ahead!

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