6 Ways to Get Lower Utility Bills this Winter

November 10, 2014

The winter season brings a bunch of enjoyable activities and events, but it can also take a toll on your pocketbook. From holiday lights to maintaining a warm home throughout harsh weather, many Anaheim families are left with high energy bills. Luckily, there are easy ways to decrease your expenses and achieve lower utility bills.

Our professionals at Eco Fresh HVAC Inc. in Anaheim put together a list of ways you can save. Try them out and experience lower utility bills this winter season.

1. Adjust your thermostat.

Program your thermostat to lower heating output 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.

Hold on doing laundry until you can do 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 was really necessary, right? And, remember: 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 find the areas where your home is losing energy through leaks, drafts, or products and appliances that use extra energy. The assessment can show you ways to save the most, including long- and short-term energy-saving possibilities.

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 tape heavy plastic over the windows, and add caulk or weatherstripping to seal leaks coming through doors and windows. Contact Eco Fresh HVAC Inc. to learn more about sealing your air ducts.

5. Use LED holiday lights.

One of the simplest ways to receive lower utility bills is to switch out your less efficient 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 Anaheim.

6. Install a high-efficiency furnace.

If you need to upgrade your furnace, look into an energy efficient furnace. Some systems can save significant amounts of money yearly on annual heating bills versus older furnaces. Or, if you’ve made a replacement recently, remember to schedule a maintenance visit for your current furnace. A quick tune-up can help you achieve lower utility bills by making it easier for the system to do its job.

For more information on how you can reduce your utility bills this winter, give Eco Fresh HVAC Inc. in Anaheim a call at 714-855-1717.