Break Bad Habits, Save Money and Energy
Heating bills cost Americans a lot of money – in fact about 40 percent of our energy bills are heating-related. To make matters worse, our bad habits actually cause this money-costing-energy to go straight to waste. The good news? Bad habits can be broken. Here are tips on how to break bad habits and lower your heating bill this winter.
Reduce Heat Loss
- Doors and windows: Minimize air leaks by replacing your weather-stripping every couple of years and frequently checking your doors to make sure they are in contact with the threshold. Beyond that, double check caulk around windows, as these are common spots where heated air is lost as well.
- Other: Drafts around outlets, electric plates, and points of entry for pipes and cables all likely have some gaps and leaks. Seal gaps with expanding foam to reduce air leaks and keep additional heated air in your home.
Reduce Energy Consumption
- Turn off lights when you leave the room.
- Turn off computers and televisions (hit the power strip, don’t just press the power button).
- Only run the dishwasher and washing machine for full loads.
- Replace standard light bulbs with energy-efficient bulbs. Home lighting contributes to roughly six percent of energy bills.
- Turn down the temperature on your water heater to 120 degrees. You still have hot water, of course, but aren’t spending as much energy and money to heat water that won't be used.
- Get a furnace check-up by a reputable HVAC dealer. Keeping your furnace in top working order helps it run efficiently and saves money.
- Utilize a programmable thermostat and program it to the lowest temperature that is comfortable for you when you’re home, and then lower still when you’re away.
- Consider energy-star rated appliances when you’re in the market for a change – that includes not only your furnace and water heater, but your air conditioning unit, refrigerator and other major appliances. By choosing an energy-star product you can absolutely know you’re saving money and energy.
- Window replacements are also available in high-efficiency models. For a long-term, highly effective solution to window air leaks, consider an upgrade next time you're in the market.
Help educate your family on how they can make a difference in their daily routines with these simple tips. With a few easy changes in your home and daily lifestyle, you can reduce your winter heating bills and your winter energy consumption as well. For more information on how to reduce the energy consumption and cost for your home, contact your local Minnesota heating repair and service company.
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