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Winter energy savings tips to lower utility bills

Winter energy savings tips to lower utility bills

Don’t let the cooler weather heat up your utility bills

Winter is coming. The time of year that even the most ardent cold weather fan starts to dread because watching the numbers on the daily weather temperature forecast go down often results in the numbers on your utility bill going up. But, there are steps you can take now that can help to reduce your energy usage while still keeping your family warm and cozy during the cold winter months ahead. Use these winter energy savings tips to cut back on your utility bills during the heating season.

Get smart with a programmable Wi-Fi thermostat

Today’s modern family is busier than ever. With our harried lifestyles, it’s difficult enough to manage our own schedules, let alone our thermostat’s.  Instead of remembering to work the system, let your system work for you. Upgrade to a smart thermostat that puts you back in charge of your energy savings. Sensi™ Wi-Fi Thermostats are super easy to install and the free, intuitive mobile app puts control of your home comfort at your fingertips. With seven independent day schedules, it’s perfect for all kinds of lifestyles. Lower your thermostat temperature setting at night to save money and get better sleep and also during times when the house is vacant.

Learn more about programming your Sensi thermostat for maximum energy savings.

Protect your equipment

For optimal energy savings, your heating and cooling equipment should be well maintained. Replace the furnace filter once a month, or as recommended by the manufacturer. Dirty filters can restrict airflow, increasing energy usage and costs. If you haven’t yet called your contractor for fall seasonal maintenance, schedule your check-up now to ensure that your HVAC system is well adjusted and operating properly. This can help shave up to five percent off your annual heating costs.

Conserve hot water

Shorten your shower time to help reduce your hot water consumption. By cutting your showers in half, you can save up to 33% on your water heating costs. For increased savings, install low-flow shower heads and faucets to save an additional 10-16% annually. Also, while that bathroom fan is great for removing humidity, turn it off as soon as you can because these fans can blow out all of the previous heat that you’re working so hard to conserve.

Let in the sunshine 

Sunshine is the original – and free – heat and energy source. Open your curtains or shutters on your south-facing windows during sunny winter days to let the natural sunlight heat up your home. You can also turn down your thermostat a few degrees on these days for additional energy savings. When the sun sets at night, close those curtains to insulate your home and seal in the heat.

Bundle up at home

Warm throw blankets and comfy clothing layers are your first defense in cold winter months. Dressing in layers is a simple and free way to higher energy savings on your monthly heating bill. Instead of turning up the thermostat, throw on a heavy sweater and warm socks and cozy up with your family on the couch under blanket. Also, try rearranging your room so your seating is by interior walls. They tend to be less drafty then next to windows on exterior walls. Speaking of drafts, take a quick home audit to find energy leaks that are costing you money then learn about interior design tips to maximize your energy savings.  

Staying warm and comfortable during severe winter weather doesn’t have to mean high utility bills. Use these winter energy savings tips to increase efficiency, freeze that heating bill and use that extra money to plan for your summer vacation.

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