6 Ways to Get Lower Utility Bills this Winter11/10/2014The winter season brings lots of exciting activities and events, but it can also impact your wallet. From holiday lights to keeping your home cozy in the middle of harsh weather, many East Peoria families experience high energy bills. Luckily, there are steps you can take to cut back your expenses and achieve lower utility bills. Our team at Accurate Heating & Cooling LLC in East Peoria came up with a list of ways you can save. Try them out and enjoy lower utility bills this winter season. 1. Adjust your thermostat. Program your thermostat to lower heating output during hours when you’re asleep or not home. Three to five percent more energy is used when your furnace is set above 68 degrees, so try keeping your home at 68 degrees when you’re at home and awake, and reduce the temperature 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 needed for the dryer. You don’t want to do more laundry than you have to anyway, right? And, keep in mind: cleaning 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 see the places where your home is losing energy through leaks, drafts, or products and appliances that use more energy. The assessment can show you how to save the most, including long- and short-term energy-saving possibilities. 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 around doors and windows. Contact Accurate Heating & Cooling LLC to find out more about sealing your air ducts. 5. Use LED holiday lights. One easy way to get lower utility bills is to switch out your older holiday lights for LED lights. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, LEDs use less energy than incandescent bulbs and can last up to 40 holiday seasons in East Peoria. 6. Install a high-efficiency furnace. If you need to replace your furnace, think about purchasing an energy efficient furnace. Some systems can save hundreds of dollars yearly on annual heating bills compared to older furnaces. Or, if you’ve made a replacement recently, remember to schedule a routine maintenance visit for your current equipment. A simple tune-up can help you achieve lower utility bills by making it easier for the system to do its job. For more information on how you can achieve lower utility bills this winter, give Accurate Heating & Cooling LLC in East Peoria a call at 309-437-2703.