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Why Are My Heating Costs So Much Higher This Year?

Learn what you can do to lower the energy costs associated with your heating and air conditioning system.

Thermostat Sitting On Top Of Heating Bills

Winter is in full swing, and your heating and air conditioning system is likely working overtime to keep your home warm and cozy. Hopefully, the good news is that your HVAC is doing its job; but the bad news may be that your energy costs are skyrocketing.

Do you have to just throw your hands in the air and deal with the unbelievable utility bills, or can you do something about it? Our team at Morelli Heating & Air Conditioning is here to offer some tips for getting your heating and air conditioning costs under control. Here’s what you can do:

Make Minor HVAC Adjustments to Save Money

A few simple steps and tweaks around your house can make a big impact on your overall energy costs. Consider making these adjustments:

  • Make sure none of your heating registers are blocked.
  • Keep south-facing window coverings open during the day to let in the sun’s heat and close them at night.
  • If you have drafty doors, which is especially a problem in older buildings, purchase or make a door snake to catch cold air. A rolled up towel can also do the trick.
  • To stop drafts from windows, purchase window storm kits for inexpensive, temporary insulation.
  • Check the power management settings on your computer and television to ensure they automatically go into sleep mode when not in use.

Control Your Thermostat

The biggest utility expense in the winter is heating. In fact, heating and cooling typically account for more than half of energy costs in your home. The good news is that you can save 3 percent on your heating bill for every one degree you lower the thermostat. For example, if you normally keep your apartment temperature at 75 degrees and lower it to 72 degrees, you’ll save 9 percent on your utility bill or nine cents on every dollar.

Take Advantage of HVAC Technology

You can use the latest technology for just about anything, and saving money on your utility bill is no exception. Consider investing in a programmable thermostat. When programmed correctly, you could save up to 30 percent on your home’s heating and cooling bills.

Pay Attention to Peak Energy-Use Hours

Time of Use rates are based on the time of day you’re using energy, and avoiding peak hours can help you save. Details and peak hours will vary based on where you live, so check with your local utility company.

If you need more information on how you can prepare your heating and air conditioning system for dealing with the coldest days of winter without breaking the bank, click this link to contact our team at Morelli Heating and Air Conditioning.

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