6 Ways to Get Lower Utility Bills this Winter

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The cold season brings tons of enjoyable activities and events, but it can also do a number on your wallet. From holiday lights to maintaining a warm home throughout harsh weather, many Orange County families experience high energy costs. Luckily, there are steps you can take to decrease your expenses and achieve lower utility bills.

Our team at Mighty Ducts in Orange County put together a list of ways you can save. Try them out and enjoy lower utility bills this winter season.

1. Adjust your thermostat.

Change your thermostat to lower heating output when you’re asleep or not home. Three to five percent more energy is consumed 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.

Don’t do laundry until you can do full loads. This will help you save on water heating, water usage and on heat used for the dryer. You don’t want to do more laundry than actually needed, right? And, remember: clearing out 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 see the spots where your home is losing energy through leaks, drafts, or products and appliances that use extra energy. The assessment can show you ways to save on energy expenses, including long- and short-term energy-saving options.

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 Mighty Ducts to hear more about sealing your air ducts.

5. Use LED holiday lights.

One easy way to achieve lower utility bills is to switch out your older, less efficient holiday lights for LED lights. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, these lights use less energy than incandescent bulbs and can work for nearly 40 holiday seasons in Orange County.

6. Install a high-efficiency furnace.

If you need a new furnace, consider an energy efficient furnace. Some systems can save up to $800 every 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 furnace. A quick 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 reduce your utility bills this winter, give Mighty Ducts in Orange County a call at 714-464-3376.
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