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How to Save on Gas and Electric Heating Bills

As a budget conscious homeowner, you might be wondering how to save on gas and electric heating bills without sacrificing your family's comfort. With a little creativity and some help from experienced HVAC technicians, you can enjoy a comfortable indoor environment without sacrificing your entire paycheck on the monthly energy bills. These money saving tips will help you succeed in lowering your energy usage this winter and for years to come.

How to Improve Home Energy Efficiency

There are a variety of ways that you can improve home energy efficiency. Depending on the amount of time you have and your budget, you can pick and choose which of these methods and tips to implement. Some energy-saving methods are simple and require no up-front investment while other methods will require an initial financial outlay but will yield unparalleled future savings.

Free and Easy Energy Saving Steps

  • Re-program the thermostat. If you have a programmable thermostat, lower it to 60 degrees Fahrenheit while you're away from home and while you sleep. Heating your home while you're not in it is a waste of energy. Adding a quilt or comforter to your bed creates warmth without using electricity or gas.
  • If you don't yet have a programmable thermostat, get one. They don't cost much and will pay for themselves within a few months of use. Your utility company might even provide a rebate or incentive for installing this device.
  • Open curtains during the day. The sunshine streaming inside will warm the house.

Steps that Require a Small Investment

  • Upgrade to CFL or LED lighting fixtures. In a typical home, lighting accounts for 12 percent of energy usage. Upgrade to more efficient lightbulbs to save.
  • Unplug items that aren't being used. Invest in a power strip to make this easier.
  • Weather strip or caulk doors and windows.

Greater Investments that Lead to Greater Energy Savings

  • Add insulation to your home. Use the Department of Energy's guidelines for the recommended r-value for your home type.
  • Upgrade to insulated glass windows and doors.
  • Upgrade to Energy Star rated appliances.
  • Replace your inefficient HVAC system with a more efficient one.

HVAC Maintenance for Energy Savings

During the winter, your heating system is the greatest consumer of energy. Change the filter every 30 days, as this could boost efficiency by 5 to 15 percent. Schedule a tune-up of the heater or furnace. Proper lubrication and regular cleaning boosts heating system efficiency as well.

Today's newest heaters offer unparalleled energy efficiency, with up to 98 percent AFUE on gas furnaces. At Mike Brummitt Heating & Cooling, we offer maintenance programs and new system installations to keep your home as efficient as possible. Call us today to learn more about our current installation specials or to schedule service in Henderson, SC.

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