Tips for Cutting Down Your Energy Costs this Winter

As the winds chill and frost sets, we can be sure that winter is close. Often, energy costs go up in the winter due to not only the heat needed for comfort, but also, it’s less time spent outside, so electronics and amenities are used more frequently.

But there are ways to combat surging energy costs this winter. Our team at Tindall and Ranson is here to provide you with some helpful tips to help you cut down on energy costs.

Embrace the Sun

If your home has good sun exposure, you’ll want to use it to your advantage. Having the curtains open during the day to let the sunshine in is a great way to naturally warm your home despite the frigid temperatures outside.

Identify Leaks and Drafts

There’s nothing worse than losing heat in your home during the winter. Generally, you can find leaks with certain windows, as well as the attic. Once you’ve detected a draft, you can easily purchase a window insulation kit, which will help you eliminate the leaks and drafts while keeping the heat inside.

Use Your Oven

Cooking indoors has two benefits: creating a meal and warming your home. While you are using energy, you’re getting more out of it because the excess heat that your oven gives off can help raise the temperature in your home.

Disconnect Your Hoses

If you have a frost proof hose bib, you’ll want to disconnect the hose and ensure that it’s completely free of any water. If water becomes trapped in the hose during the winter, and freezes, it can comprise the bib and hose and create complications when you go to use the hose in the spring.

Extra Layers

While it’s necessary to have your heat on to keep the house at an acceptable temperature and to ensure that your pipes don’t freeze, you don’t have to crank it up. Setting the temperature to 60 degrees at night and not at home  68 during the day  will ensure that it’s suitable for your home.

Some family member may find this chilly, but it will keep your pipes warm enough and it won’t cause your energy bill to spike. Encouraging your family members to don extra layers and use heavier blankets at night can help everyone stay warm.

Have Your Heater Inspected

Before you kick on your heater to combat the cold in winter, you’ll want to have it inspected to make sure that it’s operating properly and efficiently. You may need have a filter changed, debris moved, vents cleared, and your thermostat recalibrated in order to get the most out of your heater this winter.

Contacting an HVAC professional to service your heater can help you get the most out of it this winter, to ensure that it’s running efficiently and eliminating any potential wasted energy.

Sign Up for Our Care Free Maintenance Plan to Prepare for Winter

At Tindall & Ranson, we’re here and ready to help you prepare your home for the frigid winter months. Our Care Free Maintenance Plan can help you get ahead of any HVAC issues by offering front-of-the-line treatment with emergency service, special offers on products, and even discounts on future repairs.

Contact us or sign up for the plan today!

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