After a hot summer here in Eastern North Carolina, winter is on approach. With that comes the need for heat; and as the year’s end approaches, holiday lights. While both of these are basically necessities, they also come with associated costs. However, there are always measures you can take to lower your monthly utility bill, even in fall and winter months. Together, let’s explore some ways you can implement cost-saving tips and techniques now and into 2019.
One of the upsides to fall & winter in Eastern North Carolina is the landscapes we create as a community with holiday lights. Some residents go easy on the lights and others go full throttle, like Clark Griswold notoriously did. In either case, there are a few things anyone can do to regulate the expense and longevity of their lights. These tips will ultimately lower your utility bill.
- Switch to LED lights, they use 90% less electricity
- Use fiber optic decorations
- Use a simple timer to schedule your lights to turn on and off
- When the tree is lit, turn off lights you don’t need on
- Use candles in safe areas
- Lower your thermostat when you have guests, body heat will naturally increase room temp
Heating the Air in Your Home
We each face different challenges during the winter months when it comes to heating our homes. Having a well-maintained hvac / air / heat system is key, as well as regularly changing your air filter(s). This simple habit increases indoor air quality and keeps your system in service longer. Taking advantage of service options available from heating and air professionals (like us) will keep your heating and air conditioning system operating with efficiency year round. There are several measures you can take to save on electricity and lower your monthly power expenses.
- Open those blinds & take advantage of the sun’s radiant energy
- Cover drafty windows and add new foam rubber trim to minimize heat loss
- Adjust the temperature to lower settings when you are away
- Reduce heat loss from your fireplace by closing the damper when not in use
- Turn the temperature on your water heater down to 120 degrees
Now You’re Cookin’
During the winter months, we all tend to stay in a little more and cook a lot more. This also contributes to a higher energy bill. As with any other task we approach in life, there is always a path to improve on efficiency. So, if you’ll be baking up a storm this fall and winter, be sure to follow a few easy tips to keep things in check.
- Bake several dishes at a time; the same amount of energy is needed to heat a full or empty oven
- Take advantage of your microwave or toaster oven when possible, they consume far less energy than your oven
- Keep the lid on; when you’re looking you’re not cooking
- Done cooking? After shutting it off, open the oven door to take advantage of the residual heat
With an ever growing population that continues to grow and spread out, we all travel to be with our families around the holiday season. It is important to think about how long you’ll be gone and what devices you have that consume costly electricity. Heating and air conditioning are no exception to the rule, if you’re going to be gone for several days adjust the temperatures to save big. Here are a few tips to consider as you travel this holiday season.
- Lower your thermostat
- Adjust blinds to allow sunlight it
- Unplug any devices that use phantom energy, or flip breakers for you gurus
- Use a programmable schedule on your heating and air conditioning system
As always, feel free to reach out to your friendly heating and air conditioning specialists to schedule a service. We will do all we can to keep your system running as efficiently as possible this holiday season and beyond. You can also look into a home energy audit, or complete one yourself. We offer same day service calls and we’re never more than a phone call away at 252-251-5777.
Happy Holidays from your friends at Halltec HVAC.