Oh, the weather outside is frightful. Your energy bills this winter shouldn’t be! Throughout the Auburn and Montgomery areas, we help homeowners save money on their energy bills each season by ensuring that their electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems are up-to-date.
Most of the time, questions we get are about saving money on power and heating bills during the cold winter months. Because we have such a mild climate, we’re often not used to what it takes to ensure we stay warm and comfortable during colder months of the year.
So we’ve put together this handy list of ten quick tips that could help you save money on energy bills and home repair costs this winter season.
Ten Quick Tips To Save on Energy Bills and Home Maintenance Costs
- Open curtains to let the sun in during the day but close them at night to prevent drafts from coming in. The sun is a natural heat source. Why not use it?
- If you have a fireplace, make sure the flue is closed when not in use. Open fireplaces allow heat to escape. On a separate note, be sure that you pay attention to when your chimney is open or closed. Closed chimney flues (when fires are blazing) can cause carbon monoxide to build up in your house.
- Weatherproof your windows and check the insulation in your attic. Heat escapes through the attic and roof of your home, as well as through your home’s windows. Ensuring everything is adequately sealed and insulated can keep your system from working overtime.
- Rotate your fan blades to spin clockwise. Heat naturally rises, so reversing your fan blades helps push heat back down into your home rather than helping to bring it upward.
- Rearrange any furniture that’s blocking your vents. If something large is in the way, individual rooms in your home might not be receiving enough heat.
- Set your home’s temperature to one that’s comfortable for you, but if you go out to run errands or do some Christmas shopping, turn down the temperature by 10 or 15 degrees. A Smart Thermostat makes this much more manageable. With the touch of a button on an app, you can control the temperature no matter where you are.
- Clean your vents and ductwork. A clogged duct won’t let heat in or out (or wherever it’s supposed to go). Don’t know what all this task entails? Give us a call.
- Unrelated to savings on your heating bill, think about using LED lights for your Christmas decorations or landscape lighting, as they can also help save on overall energy costs.
- When it comes to your plumbing, insulate your pipes to prevent them from cracking or leaking water. Place covers on any outdoor faucets or spigots. We visit many area homes in the spring that experienced flooding and major leaks due to burst pipes.
- Don’t forget to schedule a service call for your electrical, plumbing, and heating systems. Because it’s been a while since we’ve had cold temperatures, it’s been a while since you’ve used heat and you might need a new system. Not only that, but there are a few other considerations you should take for your electric and plumbing systems as well. Our technicians can talk you through what’s needed.
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For emergency service and immediate assistance, please call our 24/7 service line at 334.328.3570.