Save Money and Stay More Comfortable with These Eight Energy-Saving Tips for Fall and Winter
Posted: September 29, 2017
Another September is winding down, and despite the unseasonably warm temperatures we’ve been seeing here in Massachusetts, we all know what’s coming.
As always, it’s best to be prepared for it.
Here are eight great ways to save money and stay comfortable in the cooler days and nights to come:
- Seal it up – The average American home leaks the equivalent of a four square foot hole’s worth of air through poor seals around windows, doors, and other seams. That could cost you hundreds of dollars over the course of a heating season. Caulking and weather sealing are cheap, effective ways to cut down those leaks.
- Use your thermostat – With a programmable thermostat, you’ll “set-it-and-forget-it” to the tune a 10 percent reduction heating (and cooling) bills by dropping the temperature 3-4 degrees when no one is home (or when you’re asleep).
- Use the sun’s heat – Open curtains and blinds to soak up radiant heat from the sun during the day – just make sure to close them at night to keep the heat in.
- Reset your water heater thermostat – The default setting of many water heaters is higher than it needs to be; a setting of 110°F-120°F is enough for most hot water applications in your home.
- Add insulation – Most homes – especially the older ones we have here in Massachusetts – are under-insulated. Properly insulating your home can cut your energy bills by up to 10 percent every year – more than enough to recoup your investment.
- Wash clothes on the cold setting – Today’s detergents work well at just about any water temperature; by switching to a cold-water wash could cut your water-heating bill by 10 percent or more.
- Get annual service – Routine service is the key to keeping your any appliances running at their best – especially your heating system. Never skip it!
- Upgrade older appliances – Today’s propane appliances are a lot more efficient than an older system that hasn’t been properly maintained. If you’re replacing a 10-year-old system, your bills could drop by 25 percent or more – enough to offset the investment in a new system in just a few years.
Save money this fall and winter with a propane heating system upgrade or Service Plan from Pioneer! Contact us today to learn more.