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6 Ways to Get Lower Utility Bills this Winter

The winter season brings lots of fun activities and events, but it can also do a number on your budget. From holiday lights to staying warm throughout harsh weather, many Safford families experience high energy costs. Luckily, there are steps you can take to reduce your expenses and achieve lower utility bills.

Our experts at B&D Air Conditioning in Safford put together a list of ways you can save. Try them out and see 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 used when your furnace is set above 68 degrees, so try keeping your home at 68 degrees when you’re at home and awake, and reduce the temperature 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 required 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 find the places where your home is losing energy through leaks, drafts, or products and appliances that use excess energy. The assessment can show you how to save on energy expenses, including long- and short-term energy-saving possibilities.

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 allowing cold air in. Simply cover drafty windows with a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet, and add caulk or weatherstripping to seal leaks coming through doors and windows. Contact B&D Air Conditioning to find out 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, LEDs use less energy than incandescent bulbs and can last nearly 40 holiday seasons in Safford.

6. Install a high-efficiency furnace.

If you need to upgrade your furnace, look into an energy efficient furnace. Some systems can save significant amounts of money a year on annual heating bills versus older furnaces. Or, if you’re not quite ready for a replacement, remember to schedule a maintenance visit for your current equipment. 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 lower your utility bills this winter, give B&D Air Conditioning in Safford a call at 928-432-6018.
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