3 Tips to Reduce Your Winter Energy Bills this Year
When you trust the Raynor experts with your home’s heating system, we do the repairs, replacements, installations, and tune-ups that you need to make sure that your safe and warm all winter long! But we know that heat can still be expensive, plus the environmental impact of wasted energy is something we want to avoid. Save money and the earth this holiday season with Raynor’s 3 energy saving tips!
- Maximize the energy efficiency of your windows. If your home’s windows are old, that means they’re probably also very inefficient. It might be time for a more cost-effective, energy efficient upgrade. You have two options in this case—you could either install brand-new energy efficient windows in your home or find improvements you can simply apply to your current windows. Outfitting your home with new, energy-efficient vinyl windows are a great way to trap heat inside your home — they will eventually pay for themselves within a few years through reduced heating costs. But if a new set of windows is outside your price range, you can improve the efficiency of your current windows by adding storm windows, caulking, and weather stripping, along with various other window treatments or coverings.
- Install a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats have become hugely popular as of late due to their unparalleled comfort, convenience and most of all, energy saving benefits. These high-tech thermostats save both energy and money by letting homeowners set and automatically control the ideal temperature for their home. Preset your thermostat to lower your indoor temperature late at night when you and your family are in bed, warm under the covers. But don’t forget to tell it to kick on in the early morning so the house is warm and comfortable by the time everyone is awake. Many models even come with a remote control function, so if you get to work only to remember you left your furnace going full blast, you can simply switch off your thermostat from the comfort of your office. When installed and used properly, these devices can save homeowners up to $180 annually!
- Change your air filter regularly. Now here is an easily remedied mistake that we still see all-too-often. Especially during the coldest months of the year where your furnace is getting the heaviest use, you should be checking your air filter (and replacing it, if necessary). If the filter looks dirty after a month, don’t hesitate—change it! At a minimum, change the filter every three months, even if it appears clean. A dirty filter will slow down air flow and make the system work double-time to keep your home, wasting immense amounts of energy in the process. If you don’t check your heating filter religiously, you’re bound to find out it’s dirty in the most unpleasant way possible—on your utility bill!
Call Raynor today to learn what else you can do to keep your energy bills low while you stay warm this winter!