6 Ways to Get Lower Utility Bills this Winter11/10/2014The cold season brings a bunch of enjoyable activities and events, but it can also impact your pocketbook. From holiday lights to maintaining a warm home in the middle of harsh weather, many Napoleon and Northwest Ohio families experience high energy bills. Luckily, you can take some easy steps to decrease your expenses and achieve lower utility bills. Our experts at Von Deylen Plumbing & Heating Inc. in Napoleon and Northwest Ohio came up with a list of ways you can save. Try them out and see lower utility bills this winter season. 1. Adjust your thermostat. Program your thermostat to lower heating output during hours 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. Hold on doing laundry until you can run full loads. This will help you save on water heating, water usage and on heat required for the dryer. You don’t want to do more laundry than was really necessary, 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 determine the places where your home is losing energy through leaks, drafts, or products and appliances that use more energy. The assessment can explain how to save the most, including long- and short-term energy-saving possibilities. 4. Properly seal your leaks. From your HVAC ducts to attics, walls and windows, there are a number of areas in your home that may be letting cold air seep through. Simply tape heavy plastic over the windows, and add caulk or weatherstripping to seal leaks around doors and windows. Contact Von Deylen Plumbing & Heating Inc. to learn more about sealing your air ducts. 5. Use LED holiday lights. One of the easiest ways to get lower utility bills is to switch out your older holiday lights for LED lights. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, these lights use less energy than incandescent bulbs and can last up to 40 holiday seasons in Napoleon and Northwest Ohio. 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 yearly on annual heating bills compared to older furnaces. Or, if you’re not quite ready for a replacement, remember to schedule a service visit for your current equipment. A simple tune-up can help you achieve lower utility bills by making it easier for the system to do its job. For more information on how you can achieve lower utility bills this winter, give Von Deylen Plumbing & Heating Inc. in Napoleon and Northwest Ohio a call at 419-592-4756.