Winter typically comes with higher bills...between festive activities and cranking up the heat, it can be hard to imagine ways to save money during this time of year.
To help, we’ve put together some tips to help you save money on your heating bills so you can enjoy a less stressful winter.
Three ways to reduce your bills this winter include:
Being more efficient with your lights
Scheduling a heating system tune-up
Reducing your thermostat while you’re on vacation
Below, we’ll explain how each tip can help you save money.
A great way to save money during the winter is to make sure your furnace is ready for increased usage (which we’ll cover below) by scheduling a heating system tune-up. Contact Four Seasons for heating maintenance today.
Tip #1: Be more efficient with your lights
Use a timer for your holiday lights
Most homeowners keep their holiday lights on even when nobody is awake to appreciate them.
It can be tedious to remember to turn your lights off. However, keeping them on all the time can suck up a lot of energy and, in turn, increase your energy bills.
Our tip is to put your holiday lights on a timer. You can buy light timers at any general store, like Target or Walmart. All you have to do is plug your holiday lights into the timer, set the time period you want the lights on for and you’re done.
You can now enjoy your holiday lights without accidentally wasting energy by leaving them on all night.
Swap out your holiday lights for LED bulbs
When you’re using your holiday lights all season, it’s a good idea to invest in LED holiday lights. According to the Department of Energy, you can reduce your energy consumption by almost 75% when you switch to LED lightbulbs. Slashing your energy consumption by 75% can significantly save you money during the holiday season in the long run.
Not to mention that LED holiday lights last almost 25x longer than incandescent lights, so you rest assured that you can reuse your investment lights year-after-year without being concerned about them burning out—or burning money on your energy bills.
Tip #2: Schedule a heating system tune-up
One of the best ways to save money during the winter is to get your heating system inspected by a professional.
Properly maintaining your heating system every year can save you as much as 40% on your heating bills. Without proper maintenance, heating systems become less efficient due to wear-and-tear. Less efficient heating systems have to overwork themselves and strain to meet your normal heating demands. Not only can the strain increase your energy bills, but the strain can also shorten your heating system’s lifespan.
When you book a heating system tune-up, the HVAC technician will clean, lubricate and fine-tune your system’s parts. The maintenance service will restore your heating system’s efficiency and help lower your energy bills.
Learn more about furnace maintenance in our blog, “How Much Does Furnace Maintenance Cost in Portland?”
Tip #3: Reduce your thermostat while you’re on vacation
You might be tempted to shut off your heating system when you go on vacation to save money. But doing so can actually increase your energy bills. When you turn your heating system completely off, your system has to bring your home’s temperature from the outdoor temperature to your set temperature when you return. This can put a lot of strain on your system, which can increase your energy bills and potentially harm your system.
A tip is to decrease your thermostat by 8-10 degrees Fahrenheit while you’re away. This will prevent you from burning money on heating an empty home but not overwork your heating system.
Want a comprehensive heating system tune-up? Contact Four Seasons
When you hire Four Seasons for a furnace or heat pump tune-up, you’ll receive thorough maintenance performed by our highly-qualified technicians. You can trust our NATE-certified technicians to properly maintain your furnace or heat pump. A North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certification guarantees that our technicians can perform maintenance services to the highest of industry standards.