During the winter months here in Anchorage and the Mat-Su, you can count on at least two or three larger-than-average energy bills. Not only are you running the heat all the time to keep your home warm, but there may be a “winter rate” – charging more for the gas and electricity you use during these months. Because of this, you may need to put in some extra effort to ensure your bills don’t spiral out of control. We have put together a few tips to help you save on energy costs this winter, so you can keep your family warm without draining your bank account.
- Use a Programmable Thermostat – There are many options available for thermostats today. Some of these will allow you to adjust the temperature from your smartphone and connect from miles away. While you do not necessarily need the latest and greatest thermostat, there is one feature that comes in handy–the ability to program. With this feature, you can set your thermostat up to maintain your home at a warm, welcoming temperature during the hours you are home, but a few degrees cooler during your work hours. You’ll save money, and never notice the difference!
- Seal Drafts – Check your home for drafts, particularly around doors and windows. These areas allow cold air to come in and warm air to flow out–causing your heater to run more often than it should.
- Consider an Energy Audit – Contact your local utility company and ask if they offer an energy audit. Some companies are willing to come check out your home and see if there are any noticeable problems that could lead to a higher than necessary bill.
- Power Off Unused Items – Many electronic gadgets, such as computers and video game systems, go into a sleep mode when not in use. They are still using electricity! Turn them off if you won’t be using them for a significant amount of time. The energy saved will add up and you’ll never notice the difference.
- Change Your HVAC Filter – Regularly changing your HVAC filter will make the unit run more efficiently. You’ll be surprised by how much more smoothly it operates when you change the filter as needed. Every homeowner should change the filter at least every 2 to 3 months while those who have pets or smokers in their home may consider changing it every 6 weeks or less.
There are plenty of things you can do on your own to reduce your energy consumption (and the bills associated with it.) However, the HVAC team at KLEBS Mechanical are here to help too. Obtaining regular maintenance and repairing concerns sooner, rather than later, might be the best way to reduce your bill and keep things operating well for the long haul. Give us a call today with any questions or concerns – we are always here for you.