6 Ways to Get Lower Utility Bills this Winter

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The winter months bring a bunch of exciting activities and events, but it can also do a number on your wallet. From holiday lights to keeping your home cozy in the middle of harsh weather, many Westminster families experience high energy expenses. Luckily, there are easy ways to cut back your expenses and achieve lower utility bills.

Our experts at True Heating & Cooling in Westminster came up with a list of ways you can save. Try them out and enjoy lower utility bills this winter season.

1. Adjust your thermostat.

Program your thermostat to lower heating output at times when you’re asleep or not home. Three to five percent more energy is used when your furnace is set above 68 degrees, so try keeping your home at 68 degrees when you’re at home and awake, and reduce the temperature 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 can run full loads. This will help you save 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, keep in mind: cleaning 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 places 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 solutions.

4. Properly seal your leaks.

From your air ducts to attics, walls and windows, there are plenty of areas in your home that may be letting cold air seep through. Simply cover drafty windows with a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet, and add caulk or weatherstripping to seal leaks on doors and windows. Contact True Heating & Cooling to hear more about sealing your air ducts.

5. Use LED holiday lights.

One of the easiest ways to achieve lower utility bills is to switch out your older holiday lights for LED lights. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, LEDs use less energy than incandescent bulbs and can last up to 40 holiday seasons in Westminster.

6. Install a high-efficiency furnace.

If you need to upgrade your furnace, consider an energy efficient furnace. Some systems can save up to $800 a year on annual heating bills compared to older furnaces. Or, if you’re not quite ready for a replacement, remember to schedule a routine maintenance visit for your current furnace. A simple 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 achieve lower utility bills this winter, give True Heating & Cooling in Westminster a call at 720-316-1898.
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