4 Ways You May Be Losing Money in Winter
Heating is the biggest utility expense in winter. If you’re like most people, you probably think you’re spending too much money on heating your home. You can manage your energy bills this winter if you know what contributes to the costs and taking necessary actions to lower it.
In most cases, an unusually high electric bill is the result of one of these 4 issues.
Poor HVAC maintenance
Have you been postponing routine maintenance of your HVAC system? It is important to have an HVAC tune up and maintenance every year. Routine maintenance will not only improve the ability of your HVAC equipment to keep your home comfortable, it can also cut your energy cost by up to 40%.
Believe it or not, up to 25% of your home’s heat can be lost through doors and windows. Prevent drafty cold spots in your home by sealing air leaks around your doors and windows. The less heat loss, the less heating your home will require to maintain a consistent temperature.
Clogged air filters
You might be wondering how a relatively inexpensive component affects the energy efficiency of your HVAC system. When dust and debris build up on your air filters, your heating equipment will require more energy to heat or cool your home thus, causing your energy bill to skyrocket. Make it a habit to change your air filters every month, especially in summer and winter.
When you come home from work, you probably turn up the heat to keep the winter chill out of your home. And once you adjust the heat, it never goes back down. Now, think about the effect this will have on your energy bill.
You can save as much as 5% on your heating costs for every degree you lower your heat. Lower the thermostat setting before leaving for work. There is no point in heating your home when no one is there to benefit from it.