Five Things You Can Do to Lower Your Utility Bill This Winter

 In Seasonal, Tips, Winterizing

It seems to happen every year around this time, the temperature drops, it gets dark out early and your utility bills skyrocket. Add in a few extra lights for some festive holiday décor and your wallet could take a big hit. To help a few less dollars go down the drain, we’ve come up with a list of five things you can do to help lower your utility bills this winter.

How to Lower Winter Utility Bills

  1. Seal air leaks – Although we tend to feel drafts from windows and doors, typically the biggest culprits of heat loss are attics and basements. In addition to insulating your attic and applying weather stripping and caulk to your windows and doors, check for air leaks you can seal around where your plumbing and wiring conduits enter your home through the foundation.
  2. Program your thermostat – One of the easiest things you can to save on your heating this winter is using a programable thermostat. Set it to automatically lower the heat in your home when you don’t need it, like when you are sleeping or are at work.
  3. Adjust your water heater – Hot water is big energy sucker. The recommended temp is 120 degrees. Anything higher can waste money and could be a safety hazard. You can also insulate your water heater and accessible sections of hot water pipes to save a little energy, especially if your water heater is in an unheated area of your home.
  4. Use less water – Short showers instead of baths and turning the water off while you brush your teeth, rinse dishes, shave and wash your face can really add up to lower your water usage and your utility bill. You can also install a low-flow shower head to reduce water usage even more.
  5. Check filters – Another simple thing that is often overlooked is replacing the filters if you have forced-air heating. For optimal efficiency, they should be replaced every few months.

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