It seems that as soon as the temperatures go down, utility bills go up. RepairClinic loves to help our customers save money whenever possible, which is why we’re giving you five easy ways you can reduce your energy bill:
Get Your Furnace Ready Your furnace’s busiest months are coming up, so get it ready to perform its best – and most energy efficient. Make sure the furnace air filter is clean, it should be changed at least every six months.
Think Digital If you don’t already have a digital thermostat, we highly recommend getting one. This will let you program your thermostat to set the temperature lower when you’re not at home or when you’re asleep – potentially saving you hundreds each year. You may even want to consider getting a Wi-Fi thermostat that will let you program it using your smartphone.
Clean Out the Lint Sure, you know you’re supposed to clean off your dryer’s lint filter after each load, but what about the dryer venting system? It’s simple with a vent cleaning brush. Do this annually and clean your filter regularly and your dryer won’t have to work so hard –saving you money! If you have a gas dryer, you may want to think about getting a Dryer Airflow Checker to let you know when your venting’s airflow is getting restricted.
Take Care of Your Refrigerator Your fridge is one of the most expensive home appliances to run, so make sure it’s running efficiently. There are two ways you can help. One, clean your refrigerator’s condenser coils twice a year. The coils are either behind or under the fridge and can be cleaned using a long-handled bristle brush or vacuum attachment. Two, check your refrigerator’s gasket/door seal and either clean it or replace it. This helps keep cold air in and warm air out. Both save you money by ensuring your fridge doesn’t work too hard.
Rethink Your Water Temperature Everyone loves a good, hot shower. But keeping your water heater’s temperature set too high can be costing you. A water heater typically accounts for about 18% of your utility bill. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends keeping it at about 125°. This could save you up to 22% annually. Also, if you’re going to be away for a while, use the vacation setting on your water heater.