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6 Ways to Get Lower Utility Bills this Winter

The winter season brings lots of exciting activities and events, but it can also impact your pocketbook. From holiday lights to maintaining a warm home throughout harsh weather, many Waterloo families experience high energy costs. Luckily, there are steps you can take to decrease your expenses and achieve lower utility bills.

Our experts at Cronin-Verheul Heating & A/C Ltd in Waterloo put together a list of ways you can save. Try them out and see lower utility bills this winter season.

1. Adjust your thermostat.

Change your thermostat to lower heating output at times when you’re asleep or not home. Three to five percent more energy is used when your furnace is set above 68 degrees, so try keeping your home at 68 degrees when you’re at home and awake, and lower 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.

Hold on doing laundry until you can do full loads. This will help save money on water heating, water usage and on heat required for the dryer. You don’t want to do more laundry than was really necessary, right? And, keep in mind: 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 see the places where your home is losing energy through leaks, drafts, or products and appliances that use excess energy. The assessment can explain how to save on energy expenses, including long- and short-term energy-saving options.

4. Properly seal your leaks.

From your heating and cooling ducts to attics, walls and windows, there are a number of areas in your home that may be letting in unwanted cold air. Simply tape heavy plastic over the windows, and add caulk or weatherstripping to seal leaks coming through doors and windows. Contact Cronin-Verheul Heating & A/C Ltd to learn more about sealing your air ducts.

5. Use LED holiday lights.

One easy way to get lower utility bills is to switch out your older holiday lights for LED lights. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, these lights use less energy than incandescent bulbs and can work for nearly 40 holiday seasons in Waterloo.

6. Install a high-efficiency furnace.

If you need to upgrade your furnace, consider an energy efficient furnace. Some systems can save significant amounts of money yearly on annual heating bills versus older furnaces. Or, if it’s not quite time for a replacement, remember to schedule a service visit for your current furnace. A quick tune-up can help you achieve lower utility bills by making it easier for the system to work.

For more information on how you can lower your utility bills this winter, give Cronin-Verheul Heating & A/C Ltd in Waterloo a call at 519-664-0600.
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