6 Ways to Get Lower Utility Bills this Winter11/10/2014The winter months bring tons of exciting activities and events, but it can also do a number on your budget. From holiday lights to staying warm during harsh weather, many Wharton families are left with high energy costs. Luckily, there are steps you can take to reduce your expenses and achieve lower utility bills. Our team at Faust Air Conditioning and Heating in Wharton put together a list of ways you can save. Try them out and enjoy lower utility bills this winter season. 1. Adjust your thermostat. Change your thermostat to lower heating output during hours when you’re asleep or not home. Three to five percent more energy is required 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 have enough for full loads. This will help you save 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, remember: clearing out 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 find 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 options. 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 in unwanted cold air. Simply cover drafty windows with a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet, and add caulk or weatherstripping to seal leaks coming through doors and windows. Contact Faust Air Conditioning and Heating to hear more about sealing your air ducts. 5. Use LED holiday lights. One of the easiest ways to receive 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 work for nearly 40 holiday seasons in Wharton. 6. Install a high-efficiency furnace. If you need a new furnace, think about purchasing an energy efficient furnace. Some systems can save hundreds of dollars every year on annual heating bills over older furnaces. Or, if it’s not quite time for a replacement, 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 operate. For more information on how you can achieve lower utility bills this winter, give Faust Air Conditioning and Heating in Wharton a call at 979-532-2511.