Posted: November 20, 2017
A steady diet of cold winter nights are just around the corner in the Hudson Valley (a few record-lows have arrived already). For many people, that means higher heating bills – especially if you have an older furnace or boiler (if yours is 15 years old, it’s time to start thinking about an upgrade, which will pay for itself in energy savings in just a few years).
We have Up to 18 months Free financing, but even If you’re not ready or able to replace your old system, there are still many things you can do to cut your bills. Here are eight inexpensive ways to help conserve energy this winter.
- Don’t heat an empty house – Install a programmable thermostat and use it regularly – you’ll cut your bills by about 10 percent if you drop temps in your house by four degrees for eight hours a day. If you have a forced air system (one with vents), keep vents closed in empty rooms. Space heaters and zone controls are great, too (they help you control where heat goes in your house – contact us to learn more about them).
- Weatherize – The average American home leaks the equivalent of a four square-foot hole’s worth of air through and around its exterior walls, windows and doors. For a minimal investment in caulk, weather stripping, and other measures, you can minimize those leaks and save money.
- Use the sun to your advantage – Keep windows uncovered during peak sun hours to absorb “free” solar heat (just remember to cover them at night to keep the heat in).
- Check and replace filters regularly – If you have a furnace, check filters regularly. A clogged filter that costs a couple of bucks to replace can raise your bill by five percent or more – and put your equipment at risk, too.
- Insulate pipes – Insulate water pipes in untreated areas of your home, including attics, basements, and crawl spaces. At minimum, take care of the first 6 to 8 feet of pipe leaving your water heater.
- Close your flue when it’s not in use – An open fireplace damper loses as much heat as an open window; close it when you’re not using your fireplace.
- Don’t block your heat – Keep your baseboards, radiators, and vents clear from furniture, drapery or rugs so hot air can flow more easily into the room.
- Use your ceiling fans – It sounds counterintuitive, but ceiling fans can keep you warmer in the winter by pushing rising hot air back into the room. Just make sure your blades are turning counter clockwise (as you look up at them) – your owner’s manual will tell you what to do if you need to reverse their spin.
Be smart – stay warm with lower bills this winter. Contact our experts today to learn more ways to do that!