Cold weather is just around the corner and for many people, it also means higher utility bills. Prepare for the winter weather and put money back in your pocket with these tips.
1. Turn Down Your Thermostat
You may want to simulate summer temperatures during the chilly winter months but cranking your heat up to the 70s and 80s will cost you additional dollars. Take advantage of your cozy sweaters and fuzzy slippers and keep your thermostat at 68 degrees during the hours you’re at home. When you go to bed or while you’re at work, shave off a few more degrees and save even more.
2. Smart Homes
If your home is wired with smart capabilities, take advantage of the scheduling features and let your system automatically raise and lower the temperature around the clock. You can also schedule when lights come on and go off, saving even more money.
3. Energy Star Appliances
The fall is a great time to replace appliances that are past their usefulness and energy efficiency. You can find great deals on appliances just before the holidays when stores are moving out year-old inventory and preparing to bring in appliances with the latest gadgets. Look for appliances that are Energy Star qualified to save the most.
4. Eliminate Drafts
Keep the warm air in your home by checking around doors and windows for drafts. There are a variety of low cost options to keep your house toasty and draft free. Check your electrical outlets as well as doors and windows. You may be surprised to feel cold air seeping in through the receptacles. There’s an easy fix: insulate the outlets. Foam gaskets are easy to install behind the plate but aren’t the best solution for keeping out cold air. Use a special fire-resistant foam to insulate the area in and around the receptacle.
5. Check and Change
Establish a routine for changing filters on your heating system and having your unit checked to be sure it’s functioning at its peak efficiency. Depending upon your home’s conditions, filters should be changed every one to three months for the best results.
Take a little time to prepare for the coming cold weather and save yourself some money in the process. The experts at JM Mullen Electrical Services can check the various systems in your home to ensure they’re performing properly and saving you money. Call us today to schedule a home checkup.