5 Ways to Save Money on Your Energy Bills In the Winter
We know the holidays are an expensive time of year for everyone, and the last thing you want to spend money on is your energy bill.
We’ve compiled five methods you can use to save money this winter, including:
- Turning down your water temperature
- Using LED bulbs for holiday lights
- Scheduling a heating tune-up
- Decreasing your home’s temperature
- Using your ceiling fans correctly
Below, we’ll explain how each method can help you save money this winter.
Furnace maintenance can help you save money on your energy bills by keeping your furnace in optimal condition.
Method #1: Turn down your water temperature
Few things beat a nice, warm shower in the winter—until you see your bill. Luckily, you can keep your warm showers while saving money by setting your water heater’s thermostat to 120°F.
Most water heaters are set to 140°F by default during installation. Decreasing the temperature by 20°F is almost negligible in terms of how hot your showers feel. But, according to Energy.gov, you can shave $400 off your energy bill by keeping your water heater at 120°F.
Method #2: Use LED bulbs for holiday lights
Many homeowners love putting up holiday lights during the winter to add some seasonal cheer to their home and neighborhood. You can continue to enjoy the light show and save some money by switching to LED light bulbs for your holiday lights. LED bulbs use almost 75% less energy than standard incandescent light bulbs, slashing your energy bills. They also last 25x longer than incandescent bulbs so you can reuse your holiday lights year-after-year without needing to replace them.
Method #3: Schedule a heating tune-up
One of the best ways to save money on your energy bills is to make sure your heating system is in prime condition. Keeping your furnace maintained can save you almost 40% on your energy bills.
Over time, heating systems can get dirty and start to wear out, forcing them to work harder to heat your home. When heating systems become overworked, they consume an excessive amount of energy, which increases your energy bill.
During furnace maintenance, an HVAC technician will inspect, clean and lubricate your heating system to keep it running smoothly. The more smoothly the system runs, the less energy it consumes and the more money you save on your bills.
Another reason to invest in maintenance is to catch any minor problems before they snowball into a pricey repair. Nobody wants to deal with a broken-down heating system in the dead of winter.
Method #4: Decrease your home’s temperature
According to the Department of Energy, you can save almost 10% a year on your heating bills by decreasing your thermostat 10-15°F for 8 hours. So before you go to work, turn down your thermostat by 10-15°F and you can save money.
Note: If you have a programmable thermostat, it can automatically change the temperature for you.
Method #5: Use your ceiling fans correctly
While using your ceiling fans in the winter seems to defeat the purpose of staying warm, using them correctly can help you stay warm and cut your energy costs. Most ceiling fans have a switch that allows you to direct the fan blades either clockwise or counterclockwise.
Your ceiling fans will most likely be set to move in a counterclockwise fashion. In the summer, the counterclockwise motion will push air downwards, which creates a windchill effect that is perfect for combatting the heat.
But in the winter, you’ll want to set your fan to run clockwise and at slow speed. When the fan blades run clockwise, they take the hot air that has risen to the ceiling and shove it back down. This means that even if you lower your thermostat to save money—like in Method #4—you’ll stay warm because all the warm air is being circulated back through your home.
Want a convenient heating system tune-up? Contact Cooper Green Team
Our speedy heating system tune-ups can help lower your energy bills and prevent untimely breakdowns. In just 30 minutes to an hour, our technicians will perform a thorough 17-point heating system tune-up to keep your heater running at its best.
Luke Cooper is the General Manager of the Cooper Green team and son of Gary Cooper, owner and CEO of Cooper HVAC. After years in the field, Luke took his talents to management and has helped thousands of Colorado homeowners during hot summers and frigid winters. His decade of experience in the field and guiding the company makes him one of the most knowledgeable individuals in Colorado on HVAC, plumbing, electrical and other home services.