As temperatures dip colder, you can take plenty of steps to prepare your home and shield your budget from overheated utility bills. Our REALTORS® recommend taking action sooner rather than later to ensure you don't end up with an eye-popping surprise in the mail.
- Seal the Leaks
Seal any drafts around windows and doors with the appropriate weatherstripping. You should also ensure that garage door seals are in good condition and that any cracks in masonry are caulked.
- Check the Insulation
Make sure that the insulation in your attic isn't compacted and that there are no gaps between the rafters. If you need to add insulation, or if it's time to replace your insulation because it's moldy or wet, hire a professional contractor to perform the task. Further, if you have a crawlspace, make sure it's properly sealed and appropriately insulated.
- Schedule an HVAC Tune-Up
Locate a reputable HVAC service provider and schedule a fall tune-up for your gas furnace, electric furnace, oil furnace, boiler, or heat pump. They will change the air filters, test thermostat operation, inspect heating elements/heat exchangers, and more. Staying on top of preventative maintenance is one of the best ways to ensure optimal energy efficiency.
- Request an Electricity Audit
Your electric company can inspect your home and help you identify strategies to reduce your electric bill. Simple things like unplugging "energy vampires" and upgrading appliances can save you a bundle throughout the year.
- Have the Water Heater Inspected
Reach out to a reputable plumber and schedule a tune-up. Your plumber will inspect seals, test valves, clear sediment, and perform other tasks that greatly improve system performance. Further, turning the temperature on the water heater down can save you significant sums of money month after month.
- Surf the Peaks
Many Galion homes for sale use utility providers that have peak and off-peak rates. By avoiding using large appliances, taking showers, washing dishes, etc., during peak hours, you can trim hundreds off your utility bills over the winter.
- Get Smart
Installing a smart thermostat is a cost-effective investment that will enhance your comfort and shield your wallet. Smart thermostats can be easily adjusted via mobile apps, allowing you to control the temperature from anywhere you have WiFi. Further, setting it to turn down the heat when you go to sleep will help you sleep better as you dream about opening smaller utility bills next month.
- Swap the Lightbulbs
Invest in LED bulbs for all your sockets. These consume considerably less energy than incandescent bulbs and last far longer.
- Change the Curtains
Heat loss through windows is a problem even if you have a window with a high U-value. An easy way to increase protection is to hang thick curtains. Keep your sunward-facing windows open during the day, and draw the curtains when the sun goes down. It's a simple step and also an easy way to decorate your home for the holidays ahead.
- Use the Fireplace
If you have a gas, pellet, or wood-burning fireplace, it's a good idea to make sure it's clean and inspected. When the weather cools off, fireplaces can cut your heating bills and add to the festive atmosphere of the season.
Need more tips on how to save on your wintertime utility bills? Contact us, and we will be happy to tell you about some of the many strategies our clients use to keep their winter utility bills from chewing a big hole in their budgets.