Energy-Saving Tips That Will Give You a Raise During the Holidays

Posted On: October 10, 2013

You were able to keep your energy use down during the summer. Now here’s some energy-saving tips to keep the bills low during the holiday season.

Have your furnace inspected. An HVAC professional can identify signs that your furnace is not working optimally, and take various routine steps to make sure it’s operating as efficiently and safely as possible. He can spot little problems before they become big ones.

Have your thermostat calibrated so that the temperature displayed on the device reflects the actual temperature in your home. It’s hard to use the thermostat to save energy when it’s not providing accurate readings.

Believe it or not, having a house full of guests actually means you won’t have to use as much energy to fuel your heating system. Each of your guests acts as a little heater, with his or her body heat helping to keep your home comfortable. This will allow you to turn down the thermostat a couple degrees.

Keep an eye on your doors. Try to encourage your guests to leave the home in groups rather than one or two at a time. The fewer times the doors get opened, the better your home will hold heat. Make sure your guests don’t stand in an open doorway conducting conversations.

If your home has a fireplace or wood stove, you should use it, and encourage your guests to stay in that room as much as possible. The main room will stay comfortable enough where you can turn the thermostat down.

Get a zoning system for your home so you can control temperatures in different areas, and lower heating to rooms that aren’t being used.

Provide your overnight guests with spare blankets and encourage them to wear sweaters and hoodies. The warmer they dress, the lower you can keep the heat. Serving plenty of hot drinks and foods helps keep people warm and your heating bill low.

You don’t want to wait before taking steps to get your heating system working at peak efficiency. The sooner you contact us at Ernst Heating & Cooling and ask about our services and energy-saving tips, the sooner you’ll save money.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Hamel, Alton, Glen Carbon, Highland, Greenville, and Troy, Illinois and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about energy savings and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide. 

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