The seasonal changes in our area may be subtle as we move from fall to winter, but they can still impact your energy usage. From lights and appliances to doors and windows in Signal Hill, CA, here are a few tips to help reduce your utility bills this winter:
- TurnOff Your Lights
Seems simple enough, but this habit can have a big impact on your energy savings. In addition to turning off the lights, you might also consider switching to compact fluorescent (CF) or light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs. These light bulbs can last 10 times longer and use up to 75 percent less energy.
- Use Washer and Dryer Wisely
Make sure you avoid washing clothes and dishes during peak hours (from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays). And before you use a major appliance make sure you have a full load. You might also consider allowing dishes and clothes to air dry.
- Maintain Your HVAC System
If you don’t schedule an annual HVAC service on your system, you need to add that as part of your maintenance routine. These simple check-ups can help prolong the life of your system and catch problems early before they become an emergency breakdown. Regular maintenance also improves the efficiency of your heating and cooling.
- Manage Your Home’s Temperature
For peak efficiency, you should keep your home thermostat no higher than 68 degrees while you are at home. Every degree above that can cost you three to five percent more energy. And while you sleep or while you are away you should turn the thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees. This can save you a considerable amount on your heating bill over the winter. And if you don’t have a programmable or smart thermostat it might be time to upgrade.
- Cozy Up With Layers and Blankets
Instead of constantly adjusting the thermostat up and down when you get too hot or cold try adding another layer. Sweaters and thick socks can do a lot to cut down on the chill. You should also keep throw blankets handy.
- Mind your Curtains and Drapes
Energy gains and losses are common through the windows in your home, especially older windows. Heavy curtains can help insulate your home at night so the heat stays inside. And during the day you can pull the curtains aside to get free heat from the sun.
- Caulk Gaps and Cracksaround Windows and Doors
In addition to heat transfer through the glass, windows and doors also develop air leaks over time. If you feel a draft or notice light coming through the gaps around the frame it might be time for new caulk or weather stripping. And if your doors and windows are warped beyond repair it might be time to invest in replacements.
For more information on saving energy with new doors and windows in Signal Hill, CA call Seaport Windows and Doors. You can call (714) 220-3939 or visit our showroom located at 4201 Katella Ave., Los Alamitos, CA 90720.