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6 Ways to Get Lower Utility Bills this Winter

The winter season brings a bunch of enjoyable activities and events, but it can also do a number on your wallet. From holiday lights to keeping your home cozy throughout harsh weather, many Royse City families experience high energy expenses. Luckily, there are steps you can take to reduce your expenses and achieve lower utility bills.

Our professionals at B&W Services in Royse City came up with a list of ways you can save. Try them out and see lower utility bills this winter season.

1. Adjust your thermostat.

Set your thermostat to lower heating output at times when you’re asleep or not home. Three to five percent more energy is required when your furnace is set above 68 degrees, so try keeping your home at 68 degrees when you’re at home and awake, and decrease to 55-65 degrees at times when you’re away at work, out of town or sleeping to achieve lower utility bills.

2. Make sure you only wash when you have full loads.

Put off doing laundry until you can run full loads. This will help you save on water heating, water usage and on heat needed for the dryer. You don’t want to do more laundry than was really necessary, right? And, keep in mind: cleaning the lint trap after every load can save you up to $34 a year, according to PG&E.

3. Conduct a home energy audit.

A home energy audit can help you determine the areas where your home is losing energy through leaks, drafts, or products and appliances that use extra energy. The assessment can explain how to save as much as possible, including long- and short-term energy-saving possibilities.

4. Properly seal your leaks.

From your heating and cooling ducts to attics, walls and windows, there are a number of areas in your home that may be letting cold air seep through. Simply tape heavy plastic over the windows, and add caulk or weatherstripping to seal leaks coming through doors and windows. Contact B&W Services to hear more about sealing your air ducts.

5. Use LED holiday lights.

One of the simplest ways to receive lower utility bills is to switch out your older holiday lights for LED lights. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, these lights use less energy than incandescent bulbs and can last up to 40 holiday seasons in Royse City.

6. Install a high-efficiency furnace.

If you need a new furnace, think about purchasing an energy efficient furnace. Some systems can save hundreds of dollars a year on annual heating bills compared to older furnaces. Or, if you’re not quite ready for a replacement, remember to schedule a service visit for your current system. A simple tune-up can help you achieve lower utility bills by making it easier for the system to work.

For more information on how you can lower your utility bills this winter, give B&W Services in Royse City a call at 972-695-2264.
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