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Minimize Heating Costs This Holiday Season

Minimize your heating costs this holiday seasonWith the holiday season just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about ways to minimize heating costs, while at the same time, enjoying your holidays in comfort.

There are steps you can take to reduce cold-weather expenses of a warm house. These simple tips can help you minimize heating costs without causing a lot of discomfort. Your wallet will thank you later.

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Ways to Minimize Heating Costs

Change Air Filters

It’s easy to forget this simple task, but it can make a big difference for the household budget. Dirty filters add to heating costs and filters should be checked at least once a month.

Weather Stripping

Outside air pours in around poorly insulated windows and doors. Proper weather stripping keeps the cold air out and the heat in and therefore minimize your heating costs.

Try this simple test: Light a candle and hold it near windows and doors to see if the flame flickers or the smoke moves in a horizontal direction. If it moves, you need to seal the area with weather stripping or add some sort of insulating material.

Here’s an idea to stop drafts under doors.

Check Water Heater

Long, hot showers add dollars to your monthly heating costs. The U.S. Department of Energy says that each 10-degree reduction in water temperature saves between 3 and 5 percent in annual energy costs. The DOE recommends a temperature of 120 degrees and adds that this temperature slows mineral buildup and corrosion in the water heater and pipes. This also saves you in the long run by reducing service calls to repair or replace your water heater.

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Bright Light

Sunshine is a natural mood enhancer, but it can also help with energy costs. At night, close blinds, shades and drapes to reduce heat loss. On sunny days, on the southern side of your home, open everything up and let Mother Nature help with heating costs.

Check Air Ducts

Even brand-new homes have duct leakage. In fact, the average home loses 20 to 30 percent of its heat through the ducts. Having someone assess your ducts and remedy any leakages can greatly decrease the amount written on the check for your heating costs each month.

Check Heating Unit

If heating costs seem unusually high, clear any debris off the exterior unit and check for fluid around the unit. Fluid may indicate blockage of the condensation drain and pan.

Turn Off Vent Fan

In the winter, bath and kitchen vents should be used minimally. These vents push inside air and moisture outside, letting heat escape. A small oscillating fan or ceiling fan in your bathroom and kitchen to move the moist air is a better choice than turning on that vent and letting your room heat escape along with the moisture. Since homes are much drier during heating season, some moisture in your bath and kitchen is not a bad thing to offset the dryness you may feel from the heat running.

 

Call us today before you turn up the heat. We may be able to offer you other ways to save on heating costs without draining your checkbook to pay your electric bill. Brown and Reaves Services, Inc., 843-497-9867. Don’t forget to LIKE US on Facebook and grab your 20% off discount coupon on your next service call.

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