6 Ways to Get Lower Utility Bills this Winter

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The winter months bring a bunch of enjoyable activities and events, but it can also take a toll on your budget. From holiday lights to staying warm throughout harsh weather, many Fort Worth families are left with high energy bills. Luckily, there are steps you can take to cut back your expenses and achieve lower utility bills.

Our experts at Breeze Air and Heat in Fort Worth put together a list of ways you can save. Try them out and experience lower utility bills this winter season.

1. Adjust your thermostat.

Set 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 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.

Hold on doing laundry until you have enough for full loads. This will help save money on water heating, water usage and on heat required for the dryer. You don’t want to do more laundry than you have to anyway, right? And, keep in mind: clearing 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 spots where your home is losing energy through leaks, drafts, or products and appliances that use excess energy. The assessment can show you ways to save the most, including long- and short-term energy-saving options.

4. Properly seal your leaks.

From your HVAC ducts to attics, walls and windows, there are a number 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 Breeze Air and Heat to learn more about sealing your air ducts.

5. Use LED holiday lights.

One of the easiest ways to get lower utility bills is to switch out your less efficient holiday lights for LED lights. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, these energy efficient lights use less energy than incandescent bulbs and can work for nearly 40 holiday seasons in Fort Worth.

6. Install a high-efficiency furnace.

If you need a new furnace, consider an energy efficient furnace. Some systems can save significant amounts of money every year on annual heating bills versus older furnaces. Or, if you’re not quite ready for a replacement, remember to schedule a routine maintenance visit for your current furnace. An easy 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 Breeze Air and Heat in Fort Worth a call at 817-864-1021.
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