How to Save on your Heat this Fall
HOW TO SAVE ON YOUR HEAT THIS FALL
Like it or not, summer is officially over – which means it’s time to stop thinking about the heat outside and starting thinking about the heat inside. Here are several ways to save energy (and money) during the heating season…
• Let the sun shine in. Take advantage of sunlight’s natural warming powers. Leave your curtains and blinds open during the day. Sunlight and its UV rays travel through glass very quickly, and once it enters your home, it converts to heat.
• Fill the gaps. Seal any air leaks around your home before heating season starts. If you don’t, you’re forcing your heating system to work harder – creating a bigger heating bill in the process. Caulking any air leaks is a quick, cheap, and easy way to give your furnace or boiler a break, as well as lower your energy bill.
• Don’t wait. Insulate! This is a biggie. You can reduce your energy bills by up to 20% when you properly insulate your home. Every year (preferably before heating season begins), have your insulation inspected by a professional.
• Maintain the maintenance. As you head into heating season, keep your appliances running at peak performance by having them serviced by a professional. Do this on an annual basis. A simple DIY maintenance item: Replace your furnace filter every 4-6 weeks during the heating season to improve clean air flow and put less stress on your furnace.
• Get with the program. A programmable thermostat provides more comfort, convenience, and efficiency – plus, it saves you money. Set it based on your family’s routine: Lower or shut off the heat when no one’s home, then have it turn back on when you return.
• Lower the temp, lower your bill. Because we use hot water for so many things (showers, dishes, laundry), it’s no shock that 18% of the total energy used in your home is for water heating. Our tip: Lower the temperature of your water heater to 110°F-120°F. You’ll get the same hot water without paying extra for it.
• Play it cool (cold, actually). Using hot or warm water for your laundry takes up a big chunk of your hot water costs. Switch to cold water for your laundry, and you could save about 7-11% of your total hot water heating costs.
• Upgrade and cut down your costs. If you have an older appliance, you may hit a point where you’ll save more time and money upgrading to a new unit. Yes, the initial cost may be higher than repairing your current appliance for the umpteenth time, but you’ll save big bucks in the long run. (Also, newer appliances have a higher efficiency rating, which will lower your energy bills and reduce maintenance costs).
Want to know other ways to save during heating season? Contact us or your local AmeriGas office to speak with one of our energy experts today!