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6 Ways to Get Lower Utility Bills this Winter

The cold season brings tons of enjoyable activities and events, but it can also impact your wallet. From holiday lights to staying warm throughout harsh weather, many Saint Charles families experience high energy expenses. Luckily, there are easy ways to cut back your expenses and achieve lower utility bills.

Our experts at Air Alliance Team in Saint Charles put together a list of ways you can save. Try them out and experience lower utility bills this winter season.

1. Adjust your thermostat.

Program your thermostat to lower heating output during hours 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 decrease 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 can run full loads. This will help save money on water heating, water usage and on heat used for the dryer. You don’t want to do more laundry than actually needed, right? And, remember: cleaning 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 find the spots where your home is losing energy through leaks, drafts, or products and appliances that use extra energy. The assessment can show you how to save the most, including long- and short-term energy-saving solutions.

4. Properly seal your leaks.

From your air ducts to attics, walls and windows, there are many areas in your home that may be letting in unwanted cold air. Simply tape heavy plastic over the windows, and add caulk or weatherstripping to seal leaks around doors and windows. Contact Air Alliance Team to hear 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, LEDs use less energy than incandescent bulbs and can last up to 40 holiday seasons in Saint Charles.

6. Install a high-efficiency furnace.

If you need to replace your furnace, consider an energy efficient furnace. Some systems can save up to $800 yearly on annual heating bills versus older furnaces. Or, if you’re not quite ready for a replacement, remember to schedule a service visit for your current system. 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 reduce your utility bills this winter, give Air Alliance Team in Saint Charles a call at 636-229-1544.
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