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How To Cut Energy Costs in the Heart of Winter

Stay Comfortable Doesn’t Mean You Can’t Save Money!

save on heat bill pennsylvaniaWinter has made itself readily noticeable here across the Greater Pittsburgh region, and it should be known that amidst the snow and chilly temperatures, there are still things you can do to keep your energy costs as low as possible.

You don’t have to sacrifice comfort to enjoy better energy efficiency and lower energy costs. Follow these five tips to better control your energy bills throughout the rest of the season.

Take Care of Your Home Heating System

It’s not too late to make sure your home’s furnace or boiler is it tip-top shape. If you haven’t already gotten your heating system’s annual tune-up, now is the time to get it scheduled so we can investigate it as soon as possible.

Tune-ups performed by a professional service technician will ensure that your heating system is operating at peak efficiency, which means it utilizes the smallest feasible quantity of energy to keep your house warm. An annual checkup also enables them to detect and repair problems before they get worse, which can further lower the efficiency of your heating system and drive up your monthly energy bills.

Be Smart with Your Thermostat

Programmable thermostats and smart thermostats may help you save money on your heating bills. However, you must program them correctly. You may save up to 10% on your heating costs if you do it right! When you realize that heating accounts for about half your energy costs in winter, you’ll see that cutting your heating costs that much can lead to some big savings.

Here’s what to do:

  • When you’re at home and awake, set the thermostat for 68°F
  • Lower temperatures by 10° for the hours you’re asleep or out of the house

Utilize Passive Heating as Much as Possible

Although it may be chilly outside, the sun can still provide free heat for the interior of your home. Take advantage of solar heating by leaving your curtains and blinds open during the day. In line with that, close your curtains and blinds when the sun goes down to help retain all that heat you brought in inside your home. Your furnace or boiler won’t have to work as much throughout the evening and overnight hours.

Eliminate Drafts

Drafts caused by windows and exterior doors, as well as exterior walls, can result in heat loss that is comparable to leaving a window open 24/7.

There are methods to combat these drafts that don’t take much time or money but may help you save up to 10% or more on your heating bills. Weatherstripping, caulk, doorstops, expanding foam, and plastic window coverings are all available at your local home improvement store. A few hours of effort can not only help you save money on heating but also make your home more comfortable by getting rid of the chill from those drafts.

Turn Down the Water Heater Temperature

The typical water heater manufacturer’s set temperature is 140°F. In most situations, this is far higher than need be. To begin with, it isn’t very efficient to constantly heat your water to such a high temperature—especially when it’s not readily being used. Another disadvantage is that it increases the chance of scalding, especially for babies, children, and the elderly. By lowering the temperature to 120°F instead of 140°F, you can save 10% on your water heating energy expenses!

When you enroll in Keep Full automatic propane delivery from ProGas, you’ll always have the propane you need to keep your home warm, safe, and comfortable throughout the chilly winter months. Contact us today—the cost to enroll is FREE!