6 Ways to Get Lower Utility Bills this Winter

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The winter season brings a bunch of exciting activities and events, but it can also do a number on your pocketbook. 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 enjoy 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 consumed 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.

Put off doing laundry until you can run full loads. This will help you save 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, remember: 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 places 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 heating and cooling ducts to attics, walls and windows, there are many 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 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 lights use less energy than incandescent bulbs and can last up to 40 holiday seasons in Lake Forest.

6. Install a high-efficiency furnace.

If you need to replace your furnace, consider an energy efficient furnace. Some systems can save significant amounts of money every 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 lower your utility bills this winter, give 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Lake Forest a call at 949-204-0859.
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