Reducing Winter Utility Bills

Though it may be tempting to simply lower the temperature on a thermostat, there are several ways to lower your utility bill while staying warm and cozy. Consider these tips to reduce your monthly utility bills in the winter.

  • Look for and seal any areas where heat may be escaping from your home, especially around windows and doors.
  • Use a programmable thermostat to automatically lower the temperature when you are away from home.
  • Check the temperature setting of your water heater and insulate it to prevent heat loss.
  • Ensure that your vents and radiators are not blocked. This will allow warm air to circulate through your home freely.
  • Open window curtains and blinds during the day to let the sunlight warm your home, and close them at night to keep the heat from escaping.
  • Check your furnace filter and replace it if dirty.
  • Have all HVAC systems inspected by a professional before winter and repair any leaky ductwork.
  • Shut doors and close vents to rooms that you are not using. Doing so will allow you to heat the rooms that are in use more efficiently.
  • Close the damper when the fireplace is not in use.

There are other small ways that energy can be saved to reduce bills year-round. Consider taking shorter showers, fixing leaky faucets, using energy-efficient LEDs instead of incandescent light bulbs and unplugging electronics when they are not in use.

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