6 Ways to Get Lower Utility Bills this Winter

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The winter season brings tons of enjoyable activities and events, but it can also take a toll on your wallet. From holiday lights to maintaining a warm home during harsh weather, many Marietta families have high energy expenses. Luckily, there are steps you can take to cut back your expenses and achieve lower utility bills.

Our experts at Boyles Mechanical LLC in Marietta came up with a list of ways you can save. Try them out and experience 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 required 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.

Put off doing laundry until you can run full loads. This will help save 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, remember: cleaning 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 places where your home is losing energy through leaks, drafts, or products and appliances that use excess energy. The assessment can show you ways to save as much as possible, including long- and short-term energy-saving solutions.

4. Properly seal your leaks.

From your air 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 on doors and windows. Contact Boyles Mechanical LLC to learn more about sealing your air ducts.

5. Use LED holiday lights.

One easy way to get 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 energy efficient lights use less energy than incandescent bulbs and can last nearly 40 holiday seasons in Marietta.

6. Install a high-efficiency furnace.

If you need to upgrade your furnace, consider an energy efficient furnace. Some systems can save up to $800 yearly on annual heating bills compared to older furnaces. Or, if you’ve made a replacement recently, remember to schedule a service visit for your current equipment. 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 achieve lower utility bills this winter, give Boyles Mechanical LLC in Marietta a call at 866-326-9537.
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