6 Ways to Get Lower Utility Bills this Winter

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The cold season brings a bunch of fun activities and events, but it can also do a number on your pocketbook. From holiday lights to keeping your home cozy throughout harsh weather, many Oxford families experience high energy costs. Luckily, there are easy ways to cut back your expenses and achieve lower utility bills.

Our professionals at Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Oxford came up with a list of ways you can save. Try them out and enjoy lower utility bills this winter season.

1. Adjust your thermostat.

Set your thermostat to lower heating output at times when you’re asleep or not home. Three to five percent more energy is consumed 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.

Put off doing laundry until you have enough for full loads. This will help save money on water heating, water usage and on heat needed for the dryer. You don’t want to do more laundry than actually needed, right? And, don’t forget: cleaning 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 areas where your home is losing energy through leaks, drafts, or products and appliances that use more energy. The assessment can show you how to save as much as possible, including long- and short-term energy-saving solutions.

4. Properly seal your leaks.

From your HVAC ducts to attics, walls and windows, there are a number of areas in your home that may be allowing cold air in. Simply tape heavy plastic over the windows, and add caulk or weatherstripping to seal leaks on doors and windows. Contact Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. to find out more about sealing your air ducts.

5. Use LED holiday lights.

One of the easiest ways to get lower utility bills is to switch out your less efficient holiday lights for LED lights. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, these energy efficient lights use less energy than incandescent bulbs and can last up to 40 holiday seasons in Oxford.

6. Install a high-efficiency furnace.

If you need a new furnace, think about purchasing an energy efficient furnace. Some systems can save hundreds of dollars a year on annual heating bills compared to older furnaces. Or, if you’ve made a replacement recently, remember to schedule a routine maintenance visit for your current system. A simple tune-up can help you achieve lower utility bills by making it easier for the system to operate.

For more information on how you can lower your utility bills this winter, give Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Oxford a call at 662-350-0343.
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