Are You Overpaying to Stay Warm This Winter? - Biard & Crockett

Are You Overpaying to Stay Warm This Winter?


Even if it never gets super cold this winter, we’re sure you still noticed your electric bills went up. Here are some easy ways to bring those bills down!

1. Stop the draft coming through your windows and doors.

One of the biggest things driving up people’s heating bills is the fact that your system has to work harder due to a draft coming through your windows or doors. You can weatherstrip windows and doors yourself, or install door sweeps under your doors, which seal the gap between the bottom of your door and its frame. Of course, if your windows and doors are just plain old, a replacement may be due!

Along the same lines, If you own a fireplace, remember to close the damper when you’re done using it so that no heat is lost through your chimney.

2. Don’t block your vents!

We know that one of the common ways people try to save money on their heating bills in the winter is blocking air vents. The reason you might do this is because you think you’re cutting off heat to certain rooms, and saving money by not using them. But actually, blocking the vents creates air pressure in your ducts. Not only are you not saving money, but you could actually be causing your air ducts to crack and leak! This will make your system inefficient, and make your heating bills even higher!

3. Take advantage of simple, natural solutions

You’re probably already aware of these solutions, but there’s no harm in restating them! The easiest is just to simply turn your thermostat down and then bundle up with blankets, or a warm sweater and socks. Another easy way to stay warm is putting rugs on the floor. This creates insulation and also warms up the room by not forcing you to step on cold wood or tiles! Finally, open your drapes and let the natural sunlight into your home in the day. Then at night, close the drapes and don’t let any drafts out.

4. Take advantage of technology too

There are so many natural ways to lower your heating bills, but what about the technology right in front of you: your thermostat? If you’re someone who hates turning down the thermostat because they love being warm, turning down the thermostat when you’re out of the house is always an option that won’t affect your comfort at all! In fact, if you invest in a programmable thermostat or smart thermostat from Biard & Crockett, it’s even easier to turn down the thermostat and save money … You don’t even have to remember to do it yourself!

5. Get a heating tune-up

A heating tune-up is one of the best ways to bring down your energy bills this winter! A professional inspection and service will ensure that everything is running safely, efficiently, and effectively – minimizing energy use. It will also extend the life of your furnace in your Orange County home. Contact us online or call now: (714) 602-1299

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