Is Your Utility Bill Ridiculous?
Are you getting the most from your furnace during those cooler winter days? If not, you’re unnecessarily spending extra money on your utility bill. Home energy specialists can help you determine where things aren’t running as efficiently as they could be.
Heating Tips to Lower Your Utility Bill
But there some things you can do right now to save on your utility bill this winter and none of our recommendations require much in the way of money…or skills.
Upgrade Your Thermostat-If you have an ancient thermostat, it’s time to respectfully retire it. Go buy yourself a programmable thermostat instead. You can purchase one for as little as $25 and then program it to turn down the temperature by 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours each day – either when you’re not home or when you’re sleeping(Research shows it’s actually healthier to sleep in a colder room). Even better, programmable thermostats can cut your heating utility bill by ten percent or more. If you have a bit more to spend, you can find a smart model that will “learn” you. It’ll know when you’re gone or when you’re asleep adjusting itself without you having to manually program it.
Buy a Portable Heater-Setting up a portable heater in a smaller room where the family gathers can save you money and will keep you cozy. Of course, it’ll be offset somewhat by the electric bill and the price of the heater. You will save approximately three percent on your heating costs for every degree below 70°F.
Reverse Your Ceiling Fan-You might not be inclined to think about your ceiling fans in the winter but here’s the thing warm air rises and your ceiling fan is an easy way to redistribute it closer to the floor. So flip that switch on the motor to reverse your ceiling fans and you’ll change the directional rotation of the blades, thereby pushing air downward.
Utilize Area Rugs and Curtains-Do you love the look and feel of your hardwood or tiled floors? In the winter you may want to consider covering hard floors with area rugs. This will prevent the cold air from underneath them from seeping into your room. Plus, they feel nice on your feet on those cold winter days.
Also, don’t forget about the sun. If you know it’s going to be a sunny day, take advantage of the warmth that comes from solar radiation. Open up the curtains or blinds on south-facing windows and let the sunshine in. Just be sure to close them once the sun starts to set. The curtains will keep the heat in and the cold air out.
Apply Weather Stripping-7 to 12 percent of a home’s heat loss is due to worn-out weatherstripping around doors and windows. If you’re feeling cold air entering from around windows and doors, replace the weather stripping to save money on your utility bill. New weather stripping will not only make a big difference in keeping out drafts but, will also prevent inside air from escaping.
Insulate Outlets and Light Switches-Outlets and light switches need to have insulation around them, particularly when they’re on an outside wall. If insulation is lacking or altogether missing in your outlets and light switches then they become sources of air leaks. Replacement is not a large chore just make sure to get specialized outlet and switch plate seals. The insulation in these seals is made specifically to be around electricity-household outlets and switch plates, so it’s not a fire hazard.
Sometimes lowering your utility bill comes down to proper maintenance or replacement of your heating system. At Comfort Heating and Air Conditioning we are trained professionals and offer affordable solutions for your HVAC needs. Servicing the Greater Atlanta area and North Fulton including: Johns Creek, Alpharetta and Roswell, we are ready 24/7 to make your home warm and cozy again. Contact us at: (770) 568-1343).