6 Ways to Get Lower Utility Bills this Winter

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The winter months bring a bunch of exciting activities and events, but it can also take a toll on your pocketbook. From holiday lights to keeping your home cozy during harsh weather, many Marshall families are left with high energy bills. Luckily, there are steps you can take to decrease your expenses and achieve lower utility bills.

Our professionals at All Elements Heating & Air LLC in Marshall put together a list of ways you can save. Try them out and enjoy lower utility bills this winter season.

1. Adjust your thermostat.

Program your thermostat to lower heating output 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 reduce the temperature 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.

Hold on doing laundry until you can do full loads. This will save you money on water heating, water usage and on heat used for the dryer. You don’t want to do more laundry than you have to anyway, right? And, keep in mind: 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 find the areas where your home is losing energy through leaks, drafts, or products and appliances that use extra energy. The assessment can show you ways to save the most, including long- and short-term energy-saving options.

4. Properly seal your leaks.

From your air ducts to attics, walls and windows, there are a number of areas in your home that may be letting in unwanted cold air. Simply cover windows with plastic, and add caulk or weatherstripping to seal leaks coming through doors and windows. Contact All Elements Heating & Air LLC to find out more about sealing your air ducts.

5. Use LED holiday lights.

One easy way to receive lower utility bills is to switch out your older 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 up to 40 holiday seasons in Marshall.

6. Install a high-efficiency furnace.

If you need to upgrade your furnace, look into an energy efficient furnace. Some systems can save up to $800 every year on annual heating bills compared to older furnaces. Or, if it’s not quite time for a replacement, remember to schedule a routine maintenance visit for your current furnace. A simple tune-up can help you achieve lower utility bills by making it easier for the system to work.

For more information on how you can lower your utility bills this winter, give All Elements Heating & Air LLC in Marshall a call at 903-702-3941.
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