The winter season can bring a drastic increase in your energy consumption. As you turn to the furnace to heat your home, you will begin to see your utility bills build as well. However, while you do need your heat, it doesn’t mean you need to accept a significantly higher energy bill. In fact, here are several ways you can go about saving money on winter energy and gas bills:
If you haven’t made the jump to a smart thermostat, now is the time. Programmable thermostats help you save money over an older, standard thermostat, as you can alter the heat for when you’re home and when you’re not. A smart thermostat will learn your schedule and adjust the home’s temperature accordingly. Many can also detect movement in the house, and if the device determines that no one is home, it will lower the heat automatically. Plus, you can control the thermostat through your smartphone. This added control makes it easier to save money throughout the winter.
Replace Those Filters
When was the last time you changed out your home’s HVAC filters? You need to do this every few months (or once every two months if you have pets or are a smoker). By replacing your HVAC filter, you’ll improve air flow, which reduces the amount of energy it takes to heat your home.
Bring In The Pros
It is a good idea to have your entire home’s HVAC system inspected once a year. Over time, some areas of the system may no longer function as well as they should. An HVAC professional can come in, inspect the system, and identify any possible problems with it. From there, they can perform any necessary repairs. These repairs will save you money long-term, not only on energy costs but also on sudden repairs, which often come out of nowhere, and are far more expensive than maintenance.
Cut Energy Costs Today
These are just a few of the small suggestions you should follow in order to help save money on your energy consumption this winter. By taking advantage of these tips and suggestions, you’ll improve the energy efficiency of your home, while bringing down the amount you pay on utilities every month.
As a Branch Manager, Kay helps personal and business clients by providing products and services designed to meet their individual needs. A dedicated volunteer with the City and County, she has over 33 years in banking and a vast knowledge of financial services. Kay is able to provide financial counseling through consultative conversations as a part of her role. Whether your needs are deposit or loan related, contact Kay and see how she can help with your individual financial security!
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