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4 Ways to Reduce Heating Costs and Keep More Money in Your Pocket

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

While most people enjoy the presents, sparkly decorations and celebrations that come with the holiday season, they usually don't enjoy the cost of all these festivities. One way you can save more of your hard-earned money is by taking small steps to reduce heating costs. Implementing some small changes can yield significant energy savings, allowing you to focus more on family and friends during the holidays, instead of worrying about high utility bills.

Lower Thermostat Settings

You can save around 3 percent on your energy costs for every degree you lower the temperature on your thermostat. By setting the temperature back 10 to 15 degrees for eight-hour blocks of time each day, the U.S. Department of Energy says you can save between 5 to 15 percent every month - programmable thermostats eliminate the need for you to remember to manually adjust the temperature throughout the day.

Use Water Wisely

You can save about 6 percent on your water heating expenses by lowering the temperature on your water heater to 120 degrees. You should also install low-flow shower heads - they use 25 percent less water than traditional types. Lastly, if you have an older water heater than you should wrap a blanket or jacket around it to lower your water heating costs by 4 to 9 percent.

Seal Air Leaks

Your home can become 20 percent more energy efficient by sealing air leaks. Check around windows, doors, plumbing fixtures, electrical outlets, attics and crawlspaces to see if you have areas where heated air can escape. Use weatherstripping for leaks around the movable components (i.e., operable windows) in your home, and use caulk around stationary features (i.e., door frames).

Add Insulation

Insulation serves as an effective thermal barrier that will keep more heated air inside and prevent the cold outdoor air from coming in. Your attic is the most important area to ensure adequate insulation. A well insulated home can result in a 20 percent or more reduction on your monthly bills.

For help finding a Mitsubishi Electric Contractor in your area that can help you reduce heating costs, please contact us anytime.

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