Once you feel the cold air, this only means one thing – winter is coming! As the nights gets colder and darker, the need to turn on your furnace becomes a necessity that could result in high-energy costs.
Here are some practical tips to save money with your winter heating bill:
- Put Weather Stripping to your Doors. If you can insert a sheet of paper between the door and the frame or beneath the door frame, it means there is a big opening between them. Put weather stripping to your doors to keep warm air inside and to save on winter heating bill.
- Insulate Your Attic. The attic is one of the areas in a home where hot air escapes. Drop down stairs can waste a big amount of energy. To make this area energy efficient, install an attic tent. Make sure it fits securely over the flap or hatch.Its primary purpose is to prevent infiltration between your home and the attic.
- Use Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs. Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) are cost-efficient, using 75% less electricity than any standard light bulb. They give off illumination that is comparative to regular light bulbs and they last up to six times longer than ordinary light bulbs. CFLs may be costly up front, but you do not need to replace all your light bulbs at home. Install CFLs on the most used areas of the home and reduce your electric bills this winter.
- Install a Programmable Thermostat. Installing a programmable thermostat allows you to regulate the temperature in your home. It allows you to increase the temperature when you and your family are at home and decrease it in the morning before leaving the house or when you’re sleeping. A programmable thermostat is highly useful during summer too.
- Free Home Energy Audit. Take advantage of a free home energy audit. Some electricity companies offer free home energy audits. These companies conduct energy audits to help homeowners find the areas in your home where heat escape resulting in higher electricity bills.
- Buy Gadgets that Monitor Energy Usage. Remember that a computer that is on standby mode uses electricity as well as leaving the lights on when no one is at home. The market offers gadgets that monitors energy usage. They are easy to install, requiring you to plug it into your electric circuit breaker, walls, or appliances.
- Check the Furnace Filter. Ensure that the furnace filter is clean. It is important that the filter is dust-free so the furnace will work longer. It will keep your home warm but will work less.
As always, call American Air with any heating concerns. We can make sure your furnace is in working order for the cold months ahead.