10 Tips To Reduce Your Home Energy Use
Whether you’re hoping to ease your impact on the planet or just want to save a few dollars, reducing your energy use can help you get there. High home-heating bills can pack a real punch to a household budget each winter. Luckily, there are plenty of inexpensive ways to boost the efficiency of your HVAC system, reduce wasted energy, and lower overall heating costs. Making some easy adjustments in your home can dramatically reduce how much you spend on energy.
How To Help Lower Your Heating Bill:
Since it seems as though winter will be hanging on for a bit longer, here are several tips to reduce home energy use/consumption and maintain comfortable temperatures in your home:
- Learn to Love Socks – If your feet are cold, your whole body will feel cold, so make a point of wearing socks around the house in the winter. The next step if you’re still feeling cold – bundle up in a sweater or a blanket rather than cranking up the heat.
- Tap Heat That’s There Anyway – There are plenty of activities you do around the house that generate warmth. When you shower, keep the bathroom door open so steam spreads to other rooms, and don’t turn a ventilation fan on. Do the same when you’re finished using the oven or dishwasher.
- Lower Your Thermostat – You likely won’t notice a huge difference if you adjust the thermostat just a few degrees – a move that can shave 5-10% off your heating bill. It’s especially wise to turn down the heat whenever you leave your home for several hours.
- Watch That Water Heater – It’s also not likely to be noticeable if you turn down the thermostat on your hot water heater to, say, 120 degrees from about 140 degrees.
- Consider a Programmable Thermostat – A return on your investment is certain because over the course of a year, heating bills will drop. A programmable thermostat allows you to adjust the temperature on a predetermined schedule, so you can lower the heat when you’re not home or when you’re sleeping.
- Don’t Let Heat Escape Unnecessarily – Keep your doors and windows shut tight when the heat is on. If your home has a fireplace, be sure the flue is closed and glass doors are in place when not in use. Turn kitchen and bathroom ventilation fans off when they aren’t needed.
- Call Bi-County For a Checkup – Proper maintenance of your HVAC system will help your unit run more efficiently. Electric, oil and gas heaters should get professional attention at least once a year. And here’s a step you can take yourself – check the filters in your heating system and make sure they’re clean and clear.
- Keep Windows Covered When It’s Dark Outside – This will help reduce heat loss and keep cold air at bay, especially if you have older windows. But be sure to let in the light during the daytime – those rays of sun will help heat your home.
- Explore Outside – Check the exterior of your heating unit. Avoid stacking anything against it or draping anything over it. Regularly hose down the outside unit to clear it of dirt, leaves and grass clippings.
- Light a Candle – Not for warmth, but for the purpose of a little detective work. Hold the flame near windows, doors and light fixtures and look for smoke moving horizontally. If you see it, that means you’ve spotted a draft where heat is likely escaping. To solve the problem, install some caulking, weather-stripping.
When You Save Energy, You Put Money Right Back Into Your Pocket
Your home’s HVAC system plays an important role in your family’s well-being and comfort. It can also help you save money and reduce your carbon footprint. The specialists at Bi-County Inc are committed to optimizing your comfort and home energy use by sharing these valuable tips on how to increase system efficiency and performance.
Take advantage of our preventative maintenance programs to avoid costly repairs and keep the HVAC system in your Bucks County, PA home working efficiently throughout the year. Click to contact us online to reduce home energy use or call 215-822-0515 to schedule a consultation appointment!