How to Save on Utility Costs
Winter is around the corner, and with the cold air comes higher utility bills as you try to stay cozy this season. Although staying warm and comfortable this season can be expensive. Save money this winter by following these tips, which can result in having more money for those last-minute gift ideas during the holidays.
Air Filter Maintenance
The best way to save money on your heating bill this winter is to clean or replace your air filters regularly. Dirty air filters put a strain on your HVAC system, causing you to use your heating more and costing you money. Not only will you need to run your heating more often with dirty air filters, but the added strain can wear down components that can lead to more costly repairs. Avoid an inefficient HVAC system by cleaning or replacing your air filters at least every two months. Not only do you save money by cleaning, but your indoor air quality will drastically improve as well.
Energy Efficient Appliances
Switching to energy-efficient light bulbs can help you save money on your utility bills by having less energy wasted on keeping your home lit up, and compounded with regularly turning off your lights when not in use, energy-efficient bulbs can save you a pretty penny. Why stop at light bulbs, and consider upgrading your fridge or even your microwave to reduce energy usage.
The best way to save too is to get a programmable digital thermostat that will keep track of your home’s heating and energy usage. Digital thermostats give you more control of your home’s heating and help you cut down on heating usage to save money.
Insulation Is Key
Avoid spending a fortune on heat by checking your windows for any cracks. If your window frame has cracks that let in cold air, you will be spending more money on heating as your heater struggles to fight that cold air that keeps seeping inside your home. Fill in any air leaks along with your windows with caulk or weather stripping. The same can be done for your door frame, and you can even get a draft stopper for your door to stop those pesky breezes from blowing under your door.
Avoid Energy Hogs
Some appliances like to run in the background despite looking like they are off. You can save a few extra dollars by unplugging certain appliances when not in use, such as your TV, home media set-up, coffee maker, or even your desktop tower. Some devices continue to use energy while plugged in, so keeping them unplugged when not in use can cut down on your energy bill.
At Iceberg Heating & Cooling we know how important saving money can be, so call our professionals today at (734) 375-1119, and we can help you find ways to make your home more energy-efficient this winter and save you money.