The holiday season is here, which means decorating the house, cleaning, shopping, planning holiday celebrations, and more. As you are getting your home ready, there are several things you can do to help prevent your home’s energy bills from skyrocketing out of control.
- Have your furnace installation and repair technician install a “smart” thermostat. A programmable thermostat will allow you to control when your furnace runs. Some models allow you to access them via a mobile app, so you can make adjustments from just about anywhere when you’re not at home.
- Upgrade your holiday lights to LEDs. LED lights use a fraction of the energy of conventional incandescent holiday lights. Not to mention, they do not get hot, which can prevent accidental overheating, fires, and other such hazards.
- Skip the blowup holiday decorations. Those blowup decorations can sure look nice, but they do use a lot of electricity to run the fans and lights. If you do use blowups, limit the time they are on to no more than two to four hours each evening.
- Set your holiday lights on timers. You don’t have to run your holiday lights 24/7. Set them up on timers so they only run for a short period of time each evening. Four to six hours a night is plenty and will help prevent you from running up your light bill.
- Turn off other lights when rooms are lit up with holiday lights. Shut off overhead lights and lamps in rooms that are lit up by your holiday lights. Not only will this help save money, but it will also allow you to enjoy the beauty of your holiday decorations.
- Lower the thermostat a few degrees when hosting holiday parties. A house full of people will quickly warm up your home. Lowering the thermostat two to five degrees will keep your guests comfortable and save you some money.
- Use your fireplace or wood burning stove for added heat. It is easy to add warmth to your home by using your fireplace or wood burning stove. Just remember, when it is time to let the fire die down, to close the door and vents into the room to avoid letting all that warm air get sucked back out and up the chimney.
- Vent heat from your oven into the home when done baking. After you are done using your oven, rather than leave the door closed, open it slightly to allow all that heat to escape into your home and help heat it up.
- Install weather stripping around windows and doors. If you have cold air drafts, seal these up with weather stripping or by caulking around the windows. You can also use a draft guard at the bottom of doors to block out cold air.
- Use sunlight to help heat up your home. Open up blinds or curtains on windows that get direct sunlight during the day, to naturally warm up the rooms in your home. Make sure to close them as soon as the sun starts to set, to keep the free added warmth in the room.
For more information about “smart” thermostats, furnace maintenance, or new furnace installation, please feel free to contact A+ Services at 360-334-5677 today! We service the Olympia, Thurston, and Pierce County areas and offer 24/7 emergency furnace repair service, as well as other professional heating and cooling, plumbing, septic, and electrical services.