6 Ways to Get Lower Utility Bills this Winter

November 10, 2014

The winter season brings a bunch of exciting activities and events, but it can also do a number on your wallet. From holiday lights to keeping your home cozy in the middle of harsh weather, many Rock Hill families experience high energy expenses. Luckily, there are easy ways to reduce your expenses and achieve lower utility bills.

Our professionals at US Air Heating and Cooling in Rock Hill created a list of ways you can save. Try them out and see lower utility bills this winter season.

1. Adjust your thermostat.

Change your thermostat to lower heating output when you’re asleep or not home. Three to five percent more energy is used 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.

Hold on doing laundry until you can do full loads. This will help save money on water heating, water usage and on heat needed for the dryer. You don’t want to do more laundry than actually needed, right? And, don’t forget: cleaning 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 see the places where your home is losing energy through leaks, drafts, or products and appliances that use excess energy. The assessment can explain how to save on energy expenses, including long- and short-term energy-saving options.

4. Properly seal your leaks.

From your HVAC ducts to attics, walls and windows, there are many areas in your home that may be allowing cold air in. Simply cover windows with plastic, and add caulk or weatherstripping to seal leaks around doors and windows. Contact US Air Heating and Cooling to find out more about sealing your air ducts.

5. Use LED holiday lights.

One of the simplest ways to get lower utility bills is to switch out your older holiday lights for LED lights. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, LEDs use less energy than incandescent bulbs and can work for nearly 40 holiday seasons in Rock Hill.

6. Install a high-efficiency furnace.

If you need to upgrade your furnace, think about purchasing an energy efficient furnace. Some systems can save hundreds of dollars every year on annual heating bills compared to older furnaces. Or, if it’s not quite time for a replacement, remember to schedule a maintenance visit for your current equipment. A quick 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 US Air Heating and Cooling in Rock Hill a call at 803-220-0761.