6 Ways to Get Lower Utility Bills this Winter11/10/2014The winter season brings lots of exciting activities and events, but it can also take a toll on your pocketbook. From holiday lights to maintaining a warm home throughout harsh weather, many Grove City families are left with high energy costs. Luckily, you can take some easy steps to reduce your expenses and achieve lower utility bills. Our team at Air Quality Solutions in Grove City came up with a list of ways you can save. Try them out and see 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 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 have enough for 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 actually needed, right? And, remember: 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 find the areas where your home is losing energy through leaks, drafts, or products and appliances that use excess 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 air ducts to attics, walls and windows, there are plenty of areas in your home that may be allowing cold air in. Simply cover windows with plastic, and add caulk or weatherstripping to seal leaks on doors and windows. Contact Air Quality Solutions to hear more about sealing your air ducts. 5. Use LED holiday lights. One easy way to receive 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 work for nearly 40 holiday seasons in Grove City. 6. Install a high-efficiency furnace. If you need to upgrade your furnace, think about purchasing an energy efficient furnace. Some systems can save hundreds of dollars a year on annual heating bills versus older furnaces. Or, if you’re not quite ready for a replacement, remember to schedule a routine maintenance visit for your current system. A quick 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 reduce your utility bills this winter, give Air Quality Solutions in Grove City a call at 614-871-4144.