November 20, 2018
Is saving money on heating bills on the top of your holiday wish list this year? You’re in luck! There are plenty of easy ways to make your home more efficient. When you use less energy, you spend less money. It’s that simple! Use these industry-approved tips to get your home ready for winter in New York ahead of time, so that you can focus on celebrating with your loved ones.
Cold Weather Energy-Saving Tips
- Schedule a tune-up
It’s not too late to book your annual heating system tune-up! Did you know that one yearly visit from your local heating specialist can lower annual energy costs up to 10%? An annual tune-up will help your heating system operate at peak efficiency. An added bonus: maintenance is able to reduce the likelihood of costly mid-season breakdowns.
- Seal draftsKeep warm air inside where it belongs. Window and doors are often the cause of air leaks. Inspect these areas for drafts, then add caulk or weather stripping to any areas that need attention. This will prevent precious heat from escaping outdoors.
- Add a programmable thermostat
Set it and forget it. A programmable thermostat can automatically adjust the temperature in your home to match your schedule. Lowering the thermostat while you are out of the house or asleep will help conserve fuel and give your heating system a much deserved break.
- Use your curtains
Open south-facing window treatments during the day to let the sun’s rays naturally warm your living space. At night, keep curtains drawn to block cold air from coming in.
- Upgrade your heating system
Over time the performance of your heating system will decline. If your boiler or furnace is 15 years or older, now is the time to upgrade to a new high-efficiency model. New energy-efficient models require less energy to produce heat and can save you money on service calls and part replacements.
Check these items off your to-do list before the holiday season is in full swing. If you have questions about other ways to save energy during the winter, feel free to contact Marshall Oil Co. right here.