6 Ways to Get Lower Utility Bills this Winter11/10/2014The winter season brings lots of enjoyable activities and events, but it can also do a number on your pocketbook. From holiday lights to keeping your home cozy throughout harsh weather, many Rocky Mount families are left with high energy expenses. Luckily, you can take some easy steps to reduce your expenses and achieve lower utility bills. Our professionals at Davis Heating & Air Conditioning in Rocky Mount came up with a list of ways you can save. Try them out and experience lower utility bills this winter season. 1. Adjust your thermostat. Program your thermostat to lower heating output when you’re asleep or not home. Three to five percent more energy is consumed 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 do full loads. This will help save money on water heating, water usage and on heat used for the dryer. You don’t want to do more laundry than you have to anyway, right? And, don’t forget: 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 find the places where your home is losing energy through leaks, drafts, or products and appliances that use excess energy. The assessment can show you how to save on energy expenses, including long- and short-term energy-saving possibilities. 4. Properly seal your leaks. From your heating and cooling ducts to attics, walls and windows, there are plenty of areas in your home that may be letting in unwanted cold air. Simply tape heavy plastic over the windows, and add caulk or weatherstripping to seal leaks on doors and windows. Contact Davis Heating & Air Conditioning to hear more about sealing your air ducts. 5. Use LED holiday lights. One of the simplest ways to receive lower utility bills is to switch out your older holiday lights for LED lights. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, these energy efficient lights use less energy than incandescent bulbs and can last nearly 40 holiday seasons in Rocky Mount. 6. Install a high-efficiency furnace. If you need to upgrade your furnace, consider an energy efficient furnace. Some systems can save significant amounts of money a year 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 system. An easy 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 lower your utility bills this winter, give Davis Heating & Air Conditioning in Rocky Mount a call at 540-483-5605.