6 Ways to Get Lower Utility Bills this Winter

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The winter season brings tons of enjoyable activities and events, but it can also take a toll on your pocketbook. From holiday lights to maintaining a warm home during harsh weather, many Kennesaw and surrounding areas families experience high energy costs. Luckily, there are easy ways to cut back your expenses and achieve lower utility bills.

Our professionals at Total Comfort Solutions in Kennesaw and surrounding areas put together a list of ways you can save. Try them out and see lower utility bills this winter season.

1. Adjust your thermostat.

Program your thermostat to lower heating output 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.

Hold on doing laundry until you have enough for full loads. This will help save money on water heating, water usage and on heat required for the dryer. You don’t want to do more laundry than was really necessary, right? And, keep in mind: 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 see the places 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 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 plenty of 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 coming through doors and windows. Contact Total Comfort Solutions to learn more about sealing your air ducts.

5. Use LED holiday lights.

One of the easiest ways 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 work for nearly 40 holiday seasons in Kennesaw and surrounding areas.

6. Install a high-efficiency furnace.

If you need a new furnace, look into an energy efficient furnace. Some systems can save up to $800 every year on annual heating bills compared to older furnaces. Or, if you’re not quite ready for a replacement, remember to schedule a routine maintenance visit for your current furnace. An easy tune-up can help you achieve lower utility bills by making it easier for the system to work.

For more information on how you can achieve lower utility bills this winter, give Total Comfort Solutions in Kennesaw and surrounding areas a call at 404-987-5502.
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