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6 Ways to Get Lower Utility Bills this Winter

The winter season brings a bunch of fun activities and events, but it can also take a toll on your wallet. From holiday lights to staying warm during harsh weather, many Lake Forest families have high energy bills. Luckily, there are easy ways to cut back your expenses and achieve lower utility bills.

Our team at 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Lake Forest created a list of ways you can save. Try them out and experience lower utility bills this winter season.

1. Adjust your thermostat.

Change your thermostat to lower heating output at times 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 run full loads. This will save you 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: cleaning 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 find the areas where your home is losing energy through leaks, drafts, or products and appliances that use excess energy. The assessment can show you how to save as much as possible, including long- and short-term energy-saving solutions.

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 allowing cold air in. Simply cover windows with plastic, and add caulk or weatherstripping to seal leaks around doors and windows. Contact 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. to find out more about sealing your air ducts.

5. Use LED holiday lights.

One easy way to achieve lower utility bills is to switch out your older, 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 last nearly 40 holiday seasons in Lake Forest.

6. Install a high-efficiency furnace.

If you need to replace your furnace, think about purchasing an energy efficient furnace. Some systems can save significant amounts of money a year on annual heating bills compared to older furnaces. Or, if it’s not quite time for a replacement, remember to schedule a maintenance visit for your current equipment. An easy tune-up can help you achieve lower utility bills by making it easier for the system to operate.

For more information on how you can achieve lower utility bills this winter, give 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Lake Forest a call at 949-204-0859.
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