Energy Saving Tips This Winter

save_money.jpgIf you're hoping to save a few dollars this upcoming winter season then reducing your energy use would be a wise decision. In fact, heating is typically the one bill that is the biggest monthly expense coming in third after monthly mortgage and groceries.

Here are a few tips to help you reduce energy consumption and maintain comfortable temperatures in your home this winter:

1. Adjust the thermostat at night. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can save about 10 % per year on your heating bills by turning your thermostat down ten to fifteen degrees for eight hours a day. Consider investing in a programmable smart thermostat.  You can easily set temperatures to a lower setting in the evening or during the times that you are not at home.

2. Keep your furnace clean and unblocked. Keeping your furnace and vents properly maintained will reduce energy consumption and help you save. Check your furnace filter monthly, and replace it when it gets dirty.  Schedule a regular maintenance service to make sure that it is working most efficiently this winter.

3. Get a humidifier to add moisture to the air. The air inside your home can become very dry. Moist air feels warmer and holds heat better so a humidifier can help you feel comfortable when your thermostat is set at a lower temperature.

4. Invest in insulation. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in energy costs are lost each year due to escaping heat and cold air in homes without proper insulation. Because you lose a great amount of heat through your attic and crawlspace it might be a good time to add extra insulation to those areas of your home.  A Reese Services technician can talk with you about spray foam as an alternative type of insulation.

Contact Reese Services today to help you to reduce your heating bills this winter.  We are happy to speak with you about installing a whole home humidifier, a new smart thermostat, or spray foam insulation.