3 Ways to Reduce Your Energy Bill This Winter
Originally posted Jan. 14, 2020, updated Jan. 21, 2022
With winter temperatures in Charleston, South Carolina, homeowners typically see an increase in both their heating system use and utility bills. If you’re a Charleston homeowner concerned about rising energy costs, there are steps you can take to reduce your energy bill this winter.
Use a Smart Thermostat
Investing in a smart thermostat is a great way to reduce your home heating costs without sacrificing comfort. Smart thermostats are more precise than conventional models and allow you to program the heating schedule that is right for you. Smart thermostats also monitor your usage habits to suggest additional cost-cutting measures. You can also control your smart thermostat remotely, allowing you to make sure that your heater isn’t running when you’re not at home.
Tune Up Your Heater
If your home’s heat pump or furnace is dirty or damaged, it won’t be able to heat your house properly, leading it to run longer to compensate. A continually running heater will have to be replaced sooner and will cause an increase in your energy bill. To prevent excessive wear and tear, you should have your heating system inspected by an HVAC professional at the start of winter. A professional can detect leaks, blockages, and potential breakdowns before they become more costly issues. It’s not too late if you missed a fall tune-up.
Perform Home Maintenance
Keeping your home properly maintained can go a long way in helping you reduce your winter energy costs. You should check for leaks around doors and windows and apply weather-stripping if necessary. Drafts can also enter into the house through unfinished spaces in the attic an basements, so make sure those areas are also adequately sealed an insulated. If you have a fireplace, close the damper when you’re not using it. Your heater won’t have to work as hard with less cold air in the house.
At M&B Heating and Air, our team of experts is happy to help you reduce your winter energy costs. Call us today to schedule a heater tune-up or smart thermostat installation.
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