How to Keep Your Energy Bill Low This Holiday Season
Posted on December 5th, 2018 by Matthew
Ah, the holiday season is here. As laughter and cheer fill the air, it can often be accompanied by some unwanted holiday stress. Whether it’s saving up to buy the perfect present or stowing away an extra budget to host a holiday party, we’re here to help add a few extra dollars to your holiday savings this year, with some great winter energy tips.
Get Rid of Drafts
Sure, it might seem like such a minor thing — but a slight draft can actually be causing your heating bill to rise. Your thermostat works off the temperature of the room, and with cold air coming in (and the heat heading out), it will have to work overtime to get the room to an even and comfortable setting. Think about it: the more you crank your thermostat, the more energy required — which leaves you with a pretty pricey bill.
Instead of just raising the temperature on those cold nights, stop the drafts right at the source by using heavier curtains, find and seal window/door air leaks, and finally, redo weather stripping where needed.
Inspect Your Water Heater
If you are constantly noticing that your water is just way too hot, then it might be time to adjust the temperature. To save money on your energy bill (and prevent scolding your hands), set your water heater to 120 degrees F.
Now, if you have a water heater tank, then you might want to consider switching to a tankless model for the new year. Since tankless heaters heat your water on demand, they are not working all day to keep your entire water supply warm. Instead, you receive warm water when needed, saving you energy (and money) in the long run.
Switch Holiday Lights to LED
As you begin to decorate your home indoors and out, it might be time to finally ditch those tangled, old lights and move on to some LED strands. This upgrade drains less power than traditional lights while keeping the same amount of holiday cheer present.
The new year is almost here, so why not make 2019 the year of change? If you are looking to finally upgrade your trusty water heater, the experts at Scott Hale, are here to help. Contact us today to schedule your upgrade.