4 Ways to Save on Your Utility Costs this Winter

Posted by tudi on 11/25/14 11:51 AM

4-ways-to-save-on-your-utilityOnce the winter season arrives, you are likely to experience a spike in your utility bills due to your increased need for heat and hot water. Depending on the size of your home, this spike could be minimal—or quite substantial. Either way, you may be on the lookout for ways you can save money. Take a proactive approach to reducing your winter utility bills by following the 4 money saving tips below.

Program Your Thermostat

If you do not yet have a programmable thermostat, consider having one installed. That way you can ensure that you are not overheating your home while you are at work or school—but that your home is comfortable when you walk through the door. You can even take things one step further by investing in a home management system that allows you to manage many different aspects of your home—and provides you with energy-saving tips, such as the most energy efficient times of day to do laundry.

Heat Only the Rooms You Are Using

Once you have programmed your thermostat, you may want to consider setting it at a temperature cooler than you desire—but warm enough to ensure that pipes do not freeze, and that it will not take too much time (or energy/expense) to heat the entire home when needed. Then invest in portable space heaters to heat the rooms you are in. For example, you could set your thermostat in the 60s at night, but use your space heater to heat your bedroom. You can also seal the vents in rooms you rarely use, such as your guest bedroom.

Call Your Local Plumber

Even if there is nothing wrong with your plumbing, now is a good time to reach out to your preferred residential plumbing service to look for cost saving areas of opportunity. This includes guidance on how to protect your pipes from the cold to replacing pipes that are unlikely to make it through the winter. Also have your residential plumbing service perform the annual maintenance on your hot water heater, and inquire about the cost saving benefits of insulating your hot water heater and hot water pipes.

Have Your HVAC System Serviced

The last thing you and your family want is to need home heating repair in the middle of winter. Inadequate heat is not only uncomfortable for you, but also puts your plumbing at risk for freezing during the harsh winter months. Even if you have no obvious home heating repairs that need to be addressed—regular maintenance is required to ensure that your HVAC system is working to its fullest potential. For example, a clogged filter will require more energy to circulate air throughout your home.

Staying on top of the regular maintenance of all of your home mechanical systems, and following the heat saving tips above will help you to save on your utility bill this winter. Having the systems of your home individually checked can be a timely and costly process. Take away the hassle of wintertime maintenance throughout the home with the Tudi Home Comfort Plan. At Tudi, our team of expert technicians doesn’t just work on your home, we become invested in its efficiency. We understand that your family depends on the comfort of your home, offering prompt services to ensure the safety, efficiency and performance of your home’s mechanical systems. With an unblemished record of quality service and customer testimonials to back it up, contact Tudi and enroll in the Tudi Home Comfort Plan today!

Topics: Heating, Plumbing