4 Tips for Reducing Energy Bills in Winter

Thermostat-frozen[1]It’s a fact, heating your home requires more energy than cooling it. Because winter tends to be milder in the South, when the mercury falls, people here tend to really crank the heat up. Because this is consistently happening, homeowners are seeing a rise in their energy bills which will mean a higher financial output during these months, for a single parent household this can mean that they are having to be tight with money, however, one way bills like these can be reduced is assessing the house to see if there are leaks or gaps that can be mended through residential window installation replacing old and weathered windows that are leeching heat out of the home. Read below for more tips on energy consumption during these months.

Here are 4 time tested means to reducing your energy consumption this winter:

  • The thermostat is a real culprit of higher winter bills. To help save energy and money, select the lowest comfortable setting when home, and bump the thermostat down a degree or two when leaving home.
  • The ceiling fan in the home is a great way to stay cool in the summer – and warm in the winter. Simply set the fans to operate in a clockwise direction, which pushes warm air back down into the room.
  • Leave your drapes or blinds open to allow the sun’s rays to warm the house.
  • Inefficient heating can also add to monthly power bills during colder temperatures. One of the easiest things customers can do to support heating efficiency is to change air filters regularly. A dirty air filter makes a heating system work harder, which uses more energy.

For other tips that can help you save energy and money on your power bill throughout the year visit Duke Energy here.

Ricardo Cobos is a licensed mortgage loan officer in Raleigh-Cary-Durham North Carolina who has been helping families to achieve financial security through responsible home-ownership since 1998. (919) 526-0183

Since relocating from Northern Michigan in 2007 I have lived in Garner (27529) with my wife Melanie and our four children. With personal production of 8MM in real estate sales across Southern Wake County I am considered to be a local market expert in the following communities: Garner (27529), Fuquay-Varina (27526), Holly-Springs (27540), Apex (27502), and Raleigh (27603, 27604, 27606, 27609, 27610)) which spans from downtown Raleigh to Willow Spring including Lake Wheeler. Call or email me, I’m here to help! Ricardo Cobos (919) 526-0183