Winter is already here, and for some people, that could mean a massive heating bill. But luckily, with a couple of intelligent decisions, you can reduce your winter energy prices without impacting your life too much. Below, our heating experts have put together a couple of handy tips to help you lower energy costs during the cold months:
Tips for Saving Energy this Winter
1. Sixty-Eight Degrees is the Magic Number: You can stay warm without breaking the bank by keeping your thermostat around 68 degrees. For each degree that you drop your temperature control within the 60-to-70-degree range, you could save as much as 5% of your overall heating costs. If you leave home for an extended period, you should drop it down to 55, meaning that you save up to 20% of your overall heating bill. The best way to deal with energy prices is to be smart with your household heating.
2. Clog Leaks: Losses of heat due to leaks don’t seem like that big of a deal, until you realize that it could account for a huge portion of money just being tossed out of the window. Majority of people know that heat moves from an area that’s warmer to an area that cooler naturally, and having spaces where the heat can escape from your home means that eventually you’ll be wasting money trying to heat your house while it just runs away through leaks in your walls. The best way to deal with these is to find them and caulk them so that they don’t seep warmth into the cold exterior. Key culprits are windows and door frames. By installing well-insulated frames and inspecting them often you can rest assured that your windows and doors aren’t leaking your heat to the exterior. You should also inspect electrical conduits and water pipes.
3. Reduce Your Hot Water Temperature: Instead of keeping your hot water scalding, setting your dishwasher to the “normal” setting (or 120 degrees if you can control the temperature directly) ensures that you don’t waste excess energy heating water. The savings you can get from this minor adjustment works out to between 7% and 11% in the long run. Be mindful of the fact that some dishwashers require higher temperatures and consult your users’ manual to see if this is a viable method of saving on energy prices for you.
Save with Point Bay
Ultimately, the less energy you use, the more money you save. There are a number of other ways you can conserve energy including changing your air filter and getting regular maintenance on your furnace or boiler. Give us a call today at 732-349-5059 for a free estimate or fill out a contact form on our website.