While the holiday season is usually a time of celebration and cheer, it’s also a time when your monthly utility bills are likely to go up. Everything from increased usage of your heating system to the decorations around your home can add to your household budget.
The good news is that there are many things you can do to curb these added expenses. By following a few simple holiday energy-saving tips, you’ll keep more of your hard-earned money in your wallet.
- Change your furnace filter before you turn it on for the first time (especially if your furnace blower is also used to distribute cooled air in the summer). Check the filter every month, and change when necessary, for optimal efficiency.
- Reduce your heating bill by up to 10 percent by setting your water heater to 120 degrees. For nearly all household uses, you don’t need it any hotter than that.
- Keep your thermostat set to 66-68 degrees when people are up and about. Turn it down overnight or when you’re working (or use a programmable thermostat to do it for you).
- Install glass doors that close tight when you use an open-hearth fireplace – and keep a window cracked open when you’re burning a fire. This will help reduce the amount of heated indoor air wasted up the chimney.
- Use a timer for light displays and set it to operate only during the earlier evening hours. If you don’t have a timer, unplug your lights before going to bed.
- Use light-emitting diode (LED) decorative lights rather than the traditional variety.
- Opt for different colored floodlights to illuminate the outside of your home.
- Include decorations like reflective ornaments, strings of silver bells and tinsel for more of a sparkly effect without needing lights.
Cooking and Entertaining
- Shut off your oven several minutes before the cooking time requires. If you keep the oven door shut, enough heat will remain to finish cooking your food.
- Check on food by looking through the oven glass window.
- Use your slow cooker or microwave when possible for an energy-efficient way to cook your food.
You can learn more about holiday energy-saving tips, and other related topics by contacting us at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. Our team of skilled technicians have been serving homeowners in Grand Traverse County and the surrounding area for over 30 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about energy-saving tips and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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