6 Ways to Get Lower Utility Bills this Winter11/10/2014The winter season brings tons of fun activities and events, but it can also impact your wallet. From holiday lights to keeping your home cozy during harsh weather, many Mount Pleasant families have high energy costs. Luckily, you can take some easy steps to reduce your expenses and achieve lower utility bills. Our professionals at Olde Towne Heating & Air in Mount Pleasant put together a list of ways you can save. Try them out and experience lower utility bills this winter season. 1. Adjust your thermostat. Set your thermostat to lower heating output when you’re asleep or not home. Three to five percent more energy is used when your furnace is set above 68 degrees, so try keeping your home at 68 degrees when you’re at home and awake, and decrease to 55-65 degrees at times when you’re away at work, out of town or sleeping to achieve lower utility bills. 2. Make sure you only wash when you have full loads. Don’t do laundry until you can do full loads. This will help save money on water heating, water usage and on heat needed for the dryer. You don’t want to do more laundry than you have to anyway, right? And, keep in mind: cleaning the lint trap after every load can save you up to $34 a year, according to PG&E. 3. Conduct a home energy audit. A home energy audit can help you see the spots where your home is losing energy through leaks, drafts, or products and appliances that use more energy. The assessment can show you ways to save as much as possible, including long- and short-term energy-saving possibilities. 4. Properly seal your leaks. From your air ducts to attics, walls and windows, there are a number of areas in your home that may be allowing cold air in. Simply tape heavy plastic over the windows, and add caulk or weatherstripping to seal leaks on doors and windows. Contact Olde Towne Heating & Air to find out more about sealing your air ducts. 5. Use LED holiday lights. One of the easiest ways to achieve lower utility bills is to switch out your less efficient holiday lights for LED lights. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, these lights use less energy than incandescent bulbs and can last nearly 40 holiday seasons in Mount Pleasant. 6. Install a high-efficiency furnace. If you need to replace your furnace, look into an energy efficient furnace. Some systems can save hundreds of dollars every year on annual heating bills versus older furnaces. Or, if you’ve made a replacement recently, remember to schedule a maintenance visit for your current equipment. A quick tune-up can help you achieve lower utility bills by making it easier for the system to work. For more information on how you can reduce your utility bills this winter, give Olde Towne Heating & Air in Mount Pleasant a call at 843-856-1433.