6 Ways to Get Lower Utility Bills this Winter11/10/2014The cold season brings lots of fun activities and events, but it can also impact your budget. From holiday lights to maintaining a warm home throughout harsh weather, many West Valley families are left with high energy costs. Luckily, there are steps you can take to decrease your expenses and achieve lower utility bills. Our professionals at Select Comfort System Heating & Air Conditioning in West Valley put together a list of ways you can save. Try them out and experience lower utility bills this winter season. 1. Adjust your thermostat. Change 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. Don’t do laundry until you can do full loads. This will help you save on water heating, water usage and on heat required for the dryer. You don’t want to do more laundry than actually needed, right? And, keep in mind: cleaning 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 determine the places 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 as much as possible, including long- and short-term energy-saving options. 4. Properly seal your leaks. From your HVAC ducts to attics, walls and windows, there are a number of areas in your home that may be letting in unwanted cold air. Simply tape heavy plastic over the windows, and add caulk or weatherstripping to seal leaks on doors and windows. Contact Select Comfort System Heating & Air Conditioning to hear more about sealing your air ducts. 5. Use LED holiday lights. One easy way to get 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 work for nearly 40 holiday seasons in West Valley. 6. Install a high-efficiency furnace. If you need a new furnace, think about purchasing an energy efficient furnace. Some systems can save up to $800 a year on annual heating bills over older furnaces. Or, if you’ve made a replacement recently, remember to schedule a service visit for your current system. A quick tune-up can help you achieve lower utility bills by making it easier for the system to work. For more information on how you can reduce your utility bills this winter, give Select Comfort System Heating & Air Conditioning in West Valley a call at 801-969-7088.