Seven cost-effective ways to save on your late winter / early spring energy bills
Believe it or not, we will soon be heading into the last month of winter 2018/19 – but that doesn’t mean your heating equipment is finished for the season, or that your heating bills will stop any time soon (since average temperatures in our NJ service area can dip into the 50s well into May).
But with a little planning and some simple changes in your lifestyle, you can keep those bills as low as possible!
Here are some cost-effective ways to help you save energy in the weeks ahead:
- Use your programmable thermostat – Proper use of your thermostat could help you save you up to 10 percent on your home energy bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
- Weatherize – Inexpensive caulk, weather-stripping, and door sweeps will keep air leaks at bay. Insulation – especially in your attic – is a great bang-for-the-buck energy saver, too.
- Keep your furnace air filters clean – If you have a forced air system (one with vents rather than radiators or baseboards), one of the most important maintenance tasks you have is to check and replace its air filters regularly. Clogged filters rob your furnace of efficiency by making it overwork to keep you warm; that means higher heating bills and more wear and tear on your equipment.
- Insulate water pipes – Almost 20 percent of your energy bill comes from heating water for your taps and appliances. Why pay all that money to heat water only to lose that heat to the cold air in your basement? Minimize hot water heat loss by insulating hot water pipes in unconditioned areas of your home (don’t forget your attic!).
- Use the sun to your advantage – Keep curtains and shades open in sun-exposed rooms to absorb all that great heat and energy during the day, then close them at night to keep it in at night. Smart window treatments can help manage solar energy throughout the year.
- Close your fireplace damper – An open fireplace damper is like an open window; close it when you are not using your hearth.
- Keep vents and baseboards clear – Move any furniture, drapery or rugs that keep heat from circulating into the room.
Stay warm and save money this heating season with these cost-effective tips and tricks. Want another smart tip? Replace your old, inefficient boiler or furnace with a new, high-efficiency heating system from Hilltop Energy. A furnace or boiler upgrade could save you as much as 30-40 percent on your heating bills every month – enough to pay for the replacement in just a few years.
Contact our heating equipment specialists today for a FREE, no obligation estimate on a high-efficiency heating system replacement for your New Jersey home!