With the heating season in full swing, it’s time for Texas residents to start looking for ways to reduce heating costs. You can start by following these four simple strategies that will provide immediate benefits.
Lower the Thermostat
Did you know that for each degree you lower your thermostat, you’ll save between 2 and 3 percent off your heating bill? The lower, the better. Get out those blankets and sweaters, if you must. And if you don’t already have a programmable thermostat, be sure to have one installed.
Set the Water Heater to “Warm”
Everyone loves a hot shower, but no one enjoys the water at 140 degrees, which is how high most water heaters can go. If yours is set that high, all you’re doing is wasting energy and endangering yourself with scalding water. Turn the water heater down to 120 degrees, which will be its warm or medium setting.
Find and Seal Air Leaks
A home energy audit by a professional will help pinpoint leaks around your home, but there are plenty of places you can check for yourself. Start with the gaps around your doors and windows. These can be fixed with caulk or weatherstripping. Electrical outlets can be covered up with child-proof plastic plugs. Also check your duct work for any holes and disconnected joints.
Install Additional Insulation
Adding insulation to your home can be costly, but it’s worth it. For example, insulating your attic can provide an energy savings of up to 20 percent. Other places to pay attention to are your exterior walls and basement, both of which can also lower energy usage when better insulated.
For more expert advice on how to reduce heating costs, or if you have other questions related to home comfort, please contact the friendly professionals at Bradbury Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning. We’ve been serving the HVAC needs of The Woodlands, Conroe, Magnolia, Montgomery, Oak Ridge North, Pinehurst, Shenandoah, Spring, Tomball, and their surroundings areas for more than 25 years.
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