It’s still the dead of winter and your energy bills are probably high as a result of heating your home and water while we’re waiting on spring to arrive.
But there are a number of things homeowners can do to lessen the hit to their wallets while also improving their carbon footprints.
Continue reading for some ideas and tips!
Install storm windows, check that your insulation is adequate, add door draft stoppers and weatherstripping to windows and fix any leaks or cracks in attics and crawlspaces to stop leaking heat.
During the winter, set your thermostat at 68 degrees to save on heating costs. In the summer, go up to 78 degrees.
Smart thermostats can “learn” how you like your home heated, so they will adjust your system to match your personal habits. This saves energy during times you are not at home or are asleep. They can also be adjusted from your cellphone so you can manage your energy use from anywhere in the world.
Keeping your plumbing, water heater and HVAC systems in good working order makes them more efficient. The Petri Plumbing & Heating Total Care Club provides maintenance services and discounts to members.
Setting the water heater temperature to 120 degrees is warm enough to take a hot shower and meets the Environment Protection Agency’s recommended temperature to avoid bacterial growth.
Newer furnaces are now built to put out as much heat as the older models but use less energy to do it. If your furnace is 10 years old or older, consider purchasing a new eco-friendly furnace.
Sticking to these simple tips should help you keep high energy costs at bay. While some may cost more for the initial outlay, the savings they will provide will keep costs lower in the long run.
Petri Plumbing & Heating can help you tackle your high energy bills by providing you with Brooklyn plumbing and HVAC maintenance or services. Reach out to us today!