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6 Ways to Get Lower Utility Bills this Winter

The winter months bring tons of exciting activities and events, but it can also do a number on your wallet. From holiday lights to maintaining a warm home in the middle of harsh weather, many Erie families experience high energy costs. Luckily, there are steps you can take to cut back your expenses and achieve lower utility bills.

Our experts at Patterson & Stirling Inc in Erie 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 during hours 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 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.

Don’t do laundry until you can do 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 actually needed, right? And, keep in mind: clearing 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 see the places where your home is losing energy through leaks, drafts, or products and appliances that use more energy. The assessment can explain how to save the most, including long- and short-term energy-saving possibilities.

4. Properly seal your leaks.

From your heating and cooling ducts to attics, walls and windows, there are plenty of areas in your home that may be letting in unwanted cold air. Simply cover drafty windows with a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet, and add caulk or weatherstripping to seal leaks around doors and windows. Contact Patterson & Stirling Inc to hear more about sealing your air ducts.

5. Use LED holiday lights.

One of the easiest ways to receive 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 up to 40 holiday seasons in Erie.

6. Install a high-efficiency furnace.

If you need to replace your furnace, consider an energy efficient furnace. Some systems can save hundreds of dollars a year on annual heating bills versus older furnaces. Or, if it’s not quite time for a replacement, remember to schedule a routine maintenance visit for your current furnace. A simple 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 Patterson & Stirling Inc in Erie a call at 814-833-5558.