As we move into the cold, winter months of Lake Havasu, homeowners and families are looking to cut back on finances wherever possible. During the winter, energy usage tends to spike as we strain to keep our home and water warm. If you have seen a large increase in your energy bills, there are some small energy efficient tweaks you can make during your winter routine to save hundreds of dollars on your energy bills.
If you are looking to cut back the energy usage in your home, we often suggest to start with the piece of equipment using the most energy to warm your home. Regular maintenance on your unit will help to make it as energy efficient as possible. Furnaces that are not cleaned and maintained at least once a year have to work twice as hard to keep your home warm all winter long. You will see this reflected in your monthly energy bills Scheduling an annual tune-up can help to avoid major malfunctions with your heating.
- Keep Your Family Safe: Having an expert perform an annual furnace tune-up provides you added safety in your home. If there are any problems with your furnace that could potentially become a safety hazard, it will be found during the inspection.
- Keep Your Home Warm: With annual furnace tune-ups, you will keep your furnace in great shape throughout its lifetime. A furnace that is tuned up regularly incurs less unexpected repairs and will give you more years of heating power.
- Increase Energy-Efficiency: With a regular furnace tune-up, your unit will run efficiently throughout the months that it is in use, keeping your heating bills low and saving you money!
One of the easiest ways to become more energy efficient is by performing regular maintenance on your furnace. You don’t need a professional to take care of this tip. Changing your furnace filters as recommended will allow your unit to “breathe” and run more efficiently. When dirty filters are not changed, it can restrict the airflow causing your furnace to work twice as hard to keep your home warm.
We suggest changing your furnace filter every 1-2 months in Lake Havasu to ensure you are running an energy efficient furnace.
- Use the Sun: During the afternoon, try opening the blinds in your south-facing windows to allow the sun to naturally heat your home. Just be sure to shut them once the sun sets!
- Ceiling Fans: Use your ceiling fans to your advantage. During the cooler months, turn the direction of your fan to clockwise to help keep the heat in your room lower to the ground.
- Seal Leaks: Find any leaks in your doors, windows, or home and properly seal them to ensure that the cool air does not sneak in.
- Update Curtains: During the winter, replace your thinner curtains with heavier drapes. You would not wear thin clothing, out in the cold so why would you have thin curtains during the cold?
Energy Efficient Thermostat
- Programmable Thermostat: Programmable thermostats have gained popularity over the last few years because of their ability to better help you control the temperature of your home. Set the temperature to lower while you are at work and to warm your home back up by the time you are off of work.
- Lower the Temperature: When you are in your home, trying lowering the temperature to 68 degrees. If you are still cold, wear warmer clothes or bundle up with a nice warm blanket. You could save up to 10% with this small adjustment!
If you are ready to make your home as energy efficient as possible, schedule your home energy audit to see where you could be making improvements in your home. Our team will evaluate your home and determine exactly where you can slim down your energy bills.