3 Ways to Reduce Your Energy Bills This Winter

December 15, 2020

During the winter, most homeowners see higher energy bills from using their holiday lights and running their heater more often. But don’t worry; this doesn’t always have to be the case.

We’ve compiled 3 tips to help you save money on your energy bills this winter:

  1. Get your ducts sealed

  2. Turn your thermostat down when you aren't home

  3. Be more efficient with your holiday lights

Below, we’ll walk you through how each of these tips can help save you money this winter.

Tip #1: Get your ducts sealed

If your ductwork isn’t in optimal condition, you could be paying more than you need to for your energy bills.

According to Energy Star, almost 20-30% of your heated air can escape into your attic or crawl space due to leaks or holes in your ductwork. When this happens, you lose heated air and your heating system has to use more energy to meet the same heating demands, increasing your energy bills.

If your ductwork isn’t in good shape, you’ll notice:

  • Uneven heating in your home

  • Unusually high energy bills—even if your heater is new

  • Your home is dustier than normal

  • Your allergies or asthma acting up

  • Visible holes/tears in your ductwork

If you see any of the above signs that your ductwork needs sealing, you’ll want to contact an HVAC contractor. One duct sealing service could save you a significant amount of money on your energy bills in the long run.

At Advanced Air, we want the best for our customers, which is why we train our technicians to use cutting-edge Aeroseal duct sealing technology. Because Aeroseal uses computer monitoring to check for leaks and can completely seal even the smallest leaks in hard-to-reach places, we can guarantee a quality duct sealing service.

Read more about the benefits of duct sealing in our blog, “What is Duct Sealing and Is It Worth It? A Florida Tech Answers”

Tip #2: Turn your thermostat down when you aren’t home

If you aren’t going to be home for the day or you’re going on vacation, the best thing you can do to save money on your energy bills is to turn down your thermostat by 7-10°F.

According to the Department of Energy, this temperature reduction when you’re out of the house during the winter can save you almost 10% on your energy bills.

While it can be tempting to turn off your thermostat entirely when you aren’t home, doing so can actually increase your energy bills.

When you shut off your thermostat and then turn it back on after being gone for days, your heating system has to heat your home from the outdoor temperature to your set temperature, putting a lot of strain on the system. Not only can that increase your energy bills, but it can also reduce the lifespan of your system.

Note: If you won’t be home around the same time every day, it’s a good idea to invest in a programmable thermostat. You can program it to automatically reduce the temperature for you every day.

Tip #3: Be more efficient with your holiday lights

Many homeowners like to put up holiday lights to brighten up their neighborhood. We won’t be a grinch and tell you not to put up lights in order to save money on your energy bills. Instead, put your holiday lights on a timer or use LED holiday lights; both can provide you with seasonal cheer and can help with cost savings.

Put your holiday lights on a timer

Many homeowners keep their holiday lights on 24/7 because it’s tedious to remember to turn them off. However, you don’t want to increase your energy bills keeping holiday lights on when nobody is awake to enjoy them.

Our simple money-saving tip here is to purchase a light timer for your holiday lights. Once purchased, plug your lights into the timer and schedule your lights to turn off when most people will be asleep. That way you can keep enjoying your holiday lights without wasting money or having to remember to manually turn them off.

Using energy-efficient LED holiday lights

According to the Department of Energy, switching from incandescent light bulbs to LED bulbs can reduce your energy consumption by almost 75%. Since LED lights consume less energy and last almost 25x longer than incandescent lights, you can rest assured that you can reuse your holiday lights over and over again without them burning out or you having to burn money on the energy bills.

Note: If you aren’t ready to invest in LED holiday lights this winter, you can purchase them on sale after the holiday season so you’re prepared when next winter comes around.

Think you may need to get your ducts sealed? Hire the best techs in Southwest Florida

As we mentioned above, at Advanced Air, we use Aeroseal, which is a computer-based sealing method that allows us to monitor leaks as they are being sealed. It also allows us to detect “hidden” leaks, like leaks that are behind walls or are too small for the human eye to see. If you’re still on the fence about duct sealing, feel free to learn more about the duct sealing service we offer.

Or, if you’re ready to have your ducts sealed...