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6 Ways to Get Lower Utility Bills this Winter

The winter season brings tons of fun activities and events, but it can also impact your wallet. From holiday lights to staying warm in the middle of harsh weather, many Alice families have high energy expenses. Luckily, there are steps you can take to decrease your expenses and achieve lower utility bills.

Our team at Rescue Heating & Air in Alice put together 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 at times 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.

Don’t do laundry until you can do full loads. This will save you money on water heating, water usage and on heat needed for the dryer. You don’t want to do more laundry than actually needed, 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 determine the areas where your home is losing energy through leaks, drafts, or products and appliances that use extra energy. The assessment can explain how 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 plenty of areas in your home that may be letting cold air seep through. Simply cover windows with plastic, and add caulk or weatherstripping to seal leaks on doors and windows. Contact Rescue Heating & Air to hear more about sealing your air ducts.

5. Use LED holiday lights.

One easy way to achieve 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 Alice.

6. Install a high-efficiency furnace.

If you need to replace your furnace, think about purchasing an energy efficient furnace. Some systems can save significant amounts of money yearly on annual heating bills over older furnaces. Or, if you’ve made a replacement recently, remember to schedule a service 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 achieve lower utility bills this winter, give Rescue Heating & Air in Alice a call at 361-265-4371.
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