With heating costs expected to be higher than usual this winter, homeowners may want to begin looking for ways to save on utility spending in the coming months. Homeowners may be able to find savings by taking steps to prepare their heating system for the winter months. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) released forecasts warning homeowners of the likelihood of soaring heating costs this winter, which may be particularly difficult considering this winter is slated to be colder than last year. The EIA estimates that homeowners using natural gas will experience a 28% increase in energy costs this winter, with electric costs predicted to increase 10% year over year. If you are concerned your budget may not be able to absorb these increases, you may need to consider other ways you can lower your heating spending this winter.
Tips for Cutting Energy Consumption This Winter
Your HVAC system uses more energy than any other appliance in your home. During the winter, your heater can easily account for 46% of your household energy consumption. Over a 24-hour period, your heating system can use up to 63 kWh. There are many factors contributing to your heating system’s overall energy consumption, including the size of your heater, the system’s wattage, and other factors.
You may be able to use the following tips to lower your heating cost:
Homeowners can conserve energy by adopting a strategic usage plan. By limiting your heating system use to the coldest periods of the day, you can cut back on energy consumption. For example, if you’re not home during the day, you can focus on heating usage to the time when you are at home.
· Schedule an Inspection: Begin the season by having your HVAC system inspected. Your heater and air conditioner should be inspected regularly to catch worn components needing replacement.
· Check Your Ceiling Fans: Configure your ceiling fans to winter settings. During the winter, ceiling fans should be set to a clockwise rotation
· Start the Seasons With New Filters: Check your filters to ensure they’re not clogged. Unless they’ve been changed within the current month, consider replacing them before starting your heater
· Choose Seasonal Coverings: When the temperature drops outside, cranking up the thermostat, consider wearing wintertime clothes while indoors and switching to warmer bedding at nights
· Adjust the Temperature on Your Water Heater: Your water heater doesn’t have to heat the water in your home to 140 degrees when 120 degrees is the temperature most people find most comfortable.
· Check Windows and Doors for Drafts: Allowing your heated air to escape is a tremendous waste of energy. Drafts allow cold air in and heated air to escape.
· Cover Vents Not in Used: If you have a guest room or another space not commonly used, consider covering the vents in those areas to prevent wasting heated air on unused space.
· Make Sure Your Attic is Insulated: Warm air rises, and if you want your warm air to stay indoors, an insulated attic is a good place to start. Additionally, attic insulation can prevent cold air from invading and cooling your home down.
The Team at All Pro Plumbing, Heating, Air and Electrical Can Help You Save Money This Winter
When it comes to keeping your loved ones warm this winter, these smart preparations can keep your home cozy without breaking the bank. These DIY energy efficiency and cost-cutting tips can go a long way toward helping you save money this winter. Once the evenings become chillier, you shouldn’t be worried about turning on your heater. Don’t let rising energy costs leave you afraid to use your heater this winter.
If you’re not sure where to start your improvements, then call us today at (909) 253-0664 for more information about our services.