6 Ways to Get Lower Utility Bills this Winter

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The winter season brings a bunch of enjoyable activities and events, but it can also impact your pocketbook. From holiday lights to maintaining a warm home during harsh weather, many Brandon families experience high energy costs. Luckily, there are easy ways to cut back your expenses and achieve lower utility bills.

Our experts at Brandon Heating and Plumbing (1998) Ltd. in Brandon came up with a list of ways you can save. Try them out and see 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 used when your furnace is set above 68 degrees, so try keeping your home at 68 degrees when you’re at home and awake, and reduce the temperature 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 help save money on water heating, water usage and on heat used for the dryer. You don’t want to do more laundry than was really necessary, right? And, keep in mind: 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 more energy. The assessment can show you how to save as much as possible, including long- and short-term energy-saving options.

4. Properly seal your leaks.

From your heating and cooling ducts to attics, walls and windows, there are a number of areas in your home that may be letting in unwanted cold air. Simply cover windows with plastic, and add caulk or weatherstripping to seal leaks on doors and windows. Contact Brandon Heating and Plumbing (1998) Ltd. to find out more about sealing your air ducts.

5. Use LED holiday lights.

One of the simplest ways to receive lower utility bills is to switch out your older holiday lights for LED lights. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, LEDs use less energy than incandescent bulbs and can work for nearly 40 holiday seasons in Brandon.

6. Install a high-efficiency furnace.

If you need to upgrade your furnace, consider an energy efficient furnace. Some systems can save hundreds of dollars every year 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 reduce your utility bills this winter, give Brandon Heating and Plumbing (1998) Ltd. in Brandon a call at 204-728-0180.
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