As we move closer to the winter season, most of us will find ourselves heading towards the thermostat to combat the sinking temperatures. After several weeks of using your heater, you’re sure to see a noticeable spike in your utility bill.
Four Ways to Save on Your Heating Bills This Winter
We’ve put together a list of practical tips to help you manage your heating costs effectively this winter while maintaining a comfortable and cozy home environment.
- Regulate Your Thermostat: Manage your thermostat wisely to save on energy. Reducing the temperature by 7-10 degrees Fahrenheit for eight hours daily could save up to 10% annually on heating costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Implement this during work hours or at night, which can also improve sleep quality, as cooler temperatures align with our body's natural rhythm.
- Embrace Renewable Energy: Solar power can significantly reduce heating costs for homes with electric central heating systems. Though it requires an initial investment in solar panels and batteries and the installation of the heating system, it eliminates the variable costs of natural gas. Solar panels work even in winter with proper maintenance, like snow removal and battery insulation.
- Upgrade Your Equipment: Old furnaces are less energy efficient. According to the US Department of Energy, new high-efficiency systems have a 90 to 98.5% fuel efficiency, while older models range from 56 to 70%. Given fluctuating electricity prices, upgrading your heating system can be cost-effective.
- Check for Air Leaks: Inspecting your home for air leaks is essential for improved heating efficiency. Air leaks can cause heat loss, overworking your heating system and raising energy bills. A professional blower door test can pinpoint these leaks, which are then sealed to enhance your home's energy efficiency, comfort, and lower heating costs.
You can efficiently warm your home without relying solely on your heater. Allow sunlight in during the day to naturally warm your space and use cooking or baking to generate heat. Install draft stoppers and winterize windows to retain warmth. Keep heating vents clean for optimal operation and use efficient space heaters in used rooms to save energy.
Contact Blazer Heating, Air, and Plumbing Today
Don't let winter catch you off-guard! Invest in a preseason tune-up with Blazer Heating, Air, and Plumbing. It's not just about preventing a mid-winter breakdown; it's about extending your heater's lifespan, improving efficiency, and securing year-round comfort. Call (804) 277-2458 to schedule service today.