October 23, 2020
Looking for ways to save a little extra on your energy bills? Try out these suggestions to save money on heating bills in Pennsylvania while keeping your home safe and cozy.
Simple Ways to Use Less Energy in Your Home
- Book your heating tune-up.
If you haven’t already, there’s still time to book an annual tune-up for your boiler or furnace this fall. Annual maintenance from your Dwyer HVAC technician can significantly lower your oil or gas heating bills, boost system efficiency, and prevent minor issues from becoming major ones down the road.
- Seal air leaks and drafts.
Check windows and doors for any air leaks or drafts. If you find any, seal them up with weatherstripping to prevent precious heat from escaping outside.
- Use your dishwasher and washing machine wisely.
Your hot water heater is working overtime during the cold months. Help lighten the load; the more dishes and clothes you fill these appliances with, the less water is needed per cycle. An extra tip, washing clothes in cold water will save on energy and even extend the lifespan of your clothing, too.
- Don’t forget about window treatments!
Keep curtains on south-facing windows open during the day so that the sun can naturally raise your home’s indoor temperature. Just make sure you close them at night for an extra barrier against the evening chill.
- Upgrade to high-efficiency equipment.
Heating technology is constantly improving. A new high-efficiency oil boiler or gas furnace will use your fuel more efficiently, help reduce your carbon footprint, and will be less likely to break down.
- Check your water heater.
Turning your water heater to the WARM setting, 120 degrees, can help save energy without affecting the hot showers you love.
- Install a programmable thermostat.
Wi-Fi thermostats are little devices that can deliver big energy savings. Program your thermostat to automatically lower while you are asleep or out of the house, so you are only using heating fuel when you need it.
- Layer up!
When you are on the fence about whether you need to turn up the heat, add a cozy layer first. Warm slippers, socks, and sweaters are perfect for the season and can really change your comfort before your heating system has to.
- Unplug phantom power.
If you want to save on “phantom power,” unplug electronics that are on standby or plug them into a power bar. Turn the power bar on and off, depending on when you need it.
- Don’t forget about the fireplace.
If you have a wood-burning fireplace, your chimney can be a culprit for unseen drafts. Always keep your fireplace damper closed unless you are burning a fire.
Energy reduction is our middle name! At Dwyer, we provide a variety of products and services to help you save, including affordable oil delivery, high-efficiency comfort services, money-saving maintenance plans, and more. If you have any questions about these energy-saving tips or would like to learn more about how Dwyer can help you save on your energy bills, contact us today!