6 Ways to Get Lower Utility Bills this Winter

November 10, 2014

The winter season brings lots of enjoyable activities and events, but it can also take a toll on your wallet. From holiday lights to maintaining a warm home throughout harsh weather, many San Jose families are left with high energy costs. Luckily, there are steps you can take to decrease your expenses and achieve lower utility bills.

Our experts at American HVAC Inc in San Jose came up with a list of ways you can save. Try them out and enjoy lower utility bills this winter season.

1. Adjust your thermostat.

Set 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 have enough for full loads. This will save you money on water heating, water usage and on heat required for the dryer. You don’t want to do more laundry than was really necessary, right? And, remember: 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 spots 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 on energy expenses, including long- and short-term energy-saving possibilities.

4. Properly seal your leaks.

From your HVAC ducts to attics, walls and windows, there are many areas in your home that may be letting cold air seep through. Simply cover drafty windows with a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet, and add caulk or weatherstripping to seal leaks coming through doors and windows. Contact American HVAC Inc to hear more about sealing your air ducts.

5. Use LED holiday lights.

One of the easiest ways to receive lower utility bills is to switch out your older, less efficient holiday lights for LED lights. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, these lights use less energy than incandescent bulbs and can last up to 40 holiday seasons in San Jose.

6. Install a high-efficiency furnace.

If you need a new furnace, think about purchasing an energy efficient furnace. Some systems can save significant amounts of money a year on annual heating bills compared to older furnaces. Or, if you’ve made a replacement recently, remember to schedule a 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 reduce your utility bills this winter, give American HVAC Inc in San Jose a call at 408-215-1018.