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6 Ways to Get Lower Utility Bills this Winter

The winter season brings a bunch of fun activities and events, but it can also do a number on your wallet. From holiday lights to maintaining a warm home throughout harsh weather, many West Palm Beach families have high energy expenses. Luckily, there are easy ways to reduce your expenses and achieve lower utility bills.

Our experts at Arnold's Air Conditioning of South Florida Inc in West Palm Beach created a list of ways you can save. Try them out and experience lower utility bills this winter season.

1. Adjust your thermostat.

Program your thermostat to lower heating output at times when you’re asleep or not home. Three to five percent more energy is consumed when your furnace is set above 68 degrees, so try keeping your home at 68 degrees when you’re at home and awake, and lower to 55-65 degrees at times when you’re away at work, out of town or sleeping to achieve lower utility bills.

2. Make sure you only wash when you have full loads.

Put off doing laundry until you have enough for full loads. This will save you money on water heating, water usage and on heat used for the dryer. You don’t want to do more laundry than was really necessary, right? And, keep in mind: clearing out the lint trap after every load can save you up to $34 a year, according to PG&E.

3. Conduct a home energy audit.

A home energy audit can help you find the spots where your home is losing energy through leaks, drafts, or products and appliances that use more energy. The assessment can show you ways to save on energy expenses, including long- and short-term energy-saving possibilities.

4. Properly seal your leaks.

From your air ducts to attics, walls and windows, there are many areas in your home that may be allowing cold air in. Simply tape heavy plastic over the windows, and add caulk or weatherstripping to seal leaks around doors and windows. Contact Arnold's Air Conditioning of South Florida Inc to learn more about sealing your air ducts.

5. Use LED holiday lights.

One of the simplest ways to receive lower utility bills is to switch out your older holiday lights for LED lights. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, these energy efficient lights use less energy than incandescent bulbs and can last nearly 40 holiday seasons in West Palm Beach.

6. Install a high-efficiency furnace.

If you need a new furnace, consider an energy efficient furnace. Some systems can save hundreds of dollars every year on annual heating bills versus older furnaces. Or, if you’ve made a replacement recently, remember to schedule a routine maintenance visit for your current equipment. A quick tune-up can help you achieve lower utility bills by making it easier for the system to do its job.

For more information on how you can reduce your utility bills this winter, give Arnold's Air Conditioning of South Florida Inc in West Palm Beach a call at 561-515-5527.