When it comes to saving on your energy consumption, there are many steps that you can take to help lower your heating bills.
1. Keep your thermostat at 68 degrees. You can actually save up to five percent on your heating costs for every degree that you lower your heat. Keep it between 60 to 70 degrees for optimal savings.
If you’re cold, try first layering with a sweatshirt or sweater. Throw an extra blanket over your legs at night before you kick up the heat. Remember, your heat pump can only be set back by 2 degrees to prevent strip heating.
2. Clean and or replace your furnace filter regularly. This should be done at least annually if not every six months. This can help to keep the air flow going through your home properly.
Also, learn how to lubricate and properly adjust your furnace as required or hire someone to come in and do so annually. These savings can help you to save another five percent on your heating bills.
3. Lower your hot water temperature. The normal setting is 120 degrees. You’ll find that you’re going to save from 7 to 11 percent on your water and heating costs of you make this one change.
Always check your dishwasher’s recommendations for the water temperature as well, some will require a higher setting, but most will run the water through a heating process so you won’t have to worry about it.
4. Seal air leaks. Take the time to caulk around windows that are drafty and be sure that doors close properly or invest in some weather stripping to seal off the drafts. Don’t forget to check electrical outlets, vents and pipes to ensure that there are no drafts there either.
While caulk works well on smaller areas you may have to invest in something else for larger gaps. Sealing off gaps and drafts will go far in helping you to save money on your utilities.
5. Replace old appliance. Use only Energy Star appliance.
Call and ask your utility company what their suggestions are. Many offer rebates as well.