As homeowners we are constantly on the lookout for ways to improve our energy savings and lower our utility bills year-round. With that said the professionals here at Tru Solutions, LLC want to share some important winter savings facts and tips. Though cold temperatures are sure to be a part of your winter months, high energy and utility bills need not be. High heating bills can certainly be a grave strain on your wallet, which is why we want to share these important tips with you.
These tips can certainly help drive down your utility bills and save you a whole lot of money over the long term. The professionals here at Tru Solutions, LLC are committed to helping all our valued clients solve their energy and heating bill problems and enjoy the safety and comfort of their homes during even the coldest winter months.
- Set Your Thermostat Appropriately – When the outdoor temperatures begin to drop drastically the typical first reaction for many homeowners is to crank up their thermostats and heat. Though this may appear to resolve the chill in the air, it can certainly contribute to other costly problems over time. With that said, when at home, we recommend you set your thermostat at as low a temperature as is comfortable for you. When you retire for the evening or when you are not at home during the winter months, we suggest you turn your thermostat down by at least 10 or 15 degrees, which will ultimately save you a good 10-15% on your heating bills. We also highly recommend that you invest in a programmable thermostat which will make it faster and easier to set your home temperatures at all times both day and night.
- Cover Your Windows – Cold winter air can easily seep into your home through your windows and make your living space quite uncomfortable. Rather than continuously turning up your thermostat to account for the cold air leaks, we recommend you cover your drafty windows in your efforts to conserve energy and save money on both your energy and utility bills. There are a variety of affordable and effective window treatments, such as insulated drapes or shades, that you can invest in that will provide added protection to your windows. If you already have window treatments of some sort on your windows, then perhaps you need to apply weather stripping or even a layer of plastic film over the window frames in order to minimize the cold air infiltration into your home.
- Seal Your HVAC Duct Work – Most homes have forced air heat and lose near to 25% of the forced air through holes, cracks, leaks and damaged or poorly connected duct work. To correct this problem, we suggest you use a mastic sealant or even a metal tape to seal any leaks, cracks or holes you may have. This will help direct the forced air heat into the areas of your home where it is needed and not allow it to escape outdoors.
- Add Insulation – If your home doesn’t have enough insulation or perhaps it’s insulation is old, chances are much of the heat you are generating is escaping through your roof while the cold air is making its way into your living space through the floors and walls. If such is the case, adding new insulation or re-insulating your home altogether can surely make your living space much warmer and more comfortable while saving you money on all your utility and energy bills as well. The folks here at Tru Solutions, LLC highly recommend foam insulation when engaging this effective energy savings.
We hope that you have found these facts and tips for energy savings useful and that you can now give attention to reducing your monthly utility and energy bills. Keep in mind that although utilizing any one of these tips can save you some money, incorporating all of the above tips can most assuredly lead to some major savings over time.
If you would like more information on foam insulation or air sealing, or are in need of any of our quality home improvement services, take time out to contact our professional team today. We look forward to serving you and send along wishes from our family to yours for a safe and happy holiday season ahead!!