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6 Ways to Get Lower Utility Bills this Winter

The winter months bring a bunch of exciting activities and events, but it can also impact your budget. From holiday lights to staying warm during harsh weather, many Hickory families have high energy expenses. Luckily, there are easy ways to decrease your expenses and achieve lower utility bills.

Our team at Climate Control Systems in Hickory put together a list of ways you can save. Try them out and experience lower utility bills this winter season.

1. Adjust your thermostat.

Program your thermostat to lower heating output during hours when you’re asleep or not home. Three to five percent more energy is consumed when your furnace is set above 68 degrees, so try keeping your home at 68 degrees when you’re at home and awake, and lower to 55-65 degrees at times when you’re away at work, out of town or sleeping to achieve lower utility bills.

2. Make sure you only wash when you have full loads.

Put off doing laundry until you can run full loads. This will help save money on water heating, water usage and on heat required for the dryer. You don’t want to do more laundry than was really necessary, right? And, don’t forget: clearing out the lint trap after every load can save you up to $34 a year, according to PG&E.

3. Conduct a home energy audit.

A home energy audit can help you determine the areas where your home is losing energy through leaks, drafts, or products and appliances that use more energy. The assessment can show you ways to save as much as possible, including long- and short-term energy-saving solutions.

4. Properly seal your leaks.

From your heating and cooling ducts to attics, walls and windows, there are many areas in your home that may be letting cold air seep through. Simply tape heavy plastic over the windows, and add caulk or weatherstripping to seal leaks coming through doors and windows. Contact Climate Control Systems to hear more about sealing your air ducts.

5. Use LED holiday lights.

One of the simplest ways to receive lower utility bills is to switch out your less efficient holiday lights for LED lights. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, these energy efficient lights use less energy than incandescent bulbs and can last nearly 40 holiday seasons in Hickory.

6. Install a high-efficiency furnace.

If you need a new furnace, consider an energy efficient furnace. Some systems can save significant amounts of money yearly on annual heating bills compared to older furnaces. Or, if you’re not quite ready for a replacement, remember to schedule a service visit for your current system. An easy tune-up can help you achieve lower utility bills by making it easier for the system to do its job.

For more information on how you can reduce your utility bills this winter, give Climate Control Systems in Hickory a call at 828-283-0369.
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