6 Ways to Get Lower Utility Bills this Winter11/10/2014The winter season brings tons of fun activities and events, but it can also impact your budget. From holiday lights to staying warm throughout harsh weather, many Belton families have high energy expenses. Luckily, there are steps you can take to decrease your expenses and achieve lower utility bills. Our professionals at Bell Air Conditioning Inc. in Belton created a list of ways you can save. Try them out and experience lower utility bills this winter season. 1. Adjust your thermostat. Change your thermostat to lower heating output when you’re asleep or not home. Three to five percent more energy is consumed when your furnace is set above 68 degrees, so try keeping your home at 68 degrees when you’re at home and awake, and lower 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. Don’t do laundry until you can run 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 actually needed, right? And, remember: clearing 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 determine the areas where your home is losing energy through leaks, drafts, or products and appliances that use extra energy. The assessment can explain how to save the most, including long- and short-term energy-saving options. 4. Properly seal your leaks. From your HVAC ducts to attics, walls and windows, there are many areas in your home that may be allowing cold air in. Simply cover drafty windows with a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet, and add caulk or weatherstripping to seal leaks on doors and windows. Contact Bell Air Conditioning Inc. to learn more about sealing your air ducts. 5. Use LED holiday lights. One of the easiest ways to achieve lower utility bills is to switch out your less efficient holiday lights for LED lights. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, these energy efficient lights use less energy than incandescent bulbs and can last up to 40 holiday seasons in Belton. 6. Install a high-efficiency furnace. If you need to replace your furnace, look into an energy efficient furnace. Some systems can save significant amounts of money a year on annual heating bills compared to older furnaces. Or, if it’s not quite time for a replacement, remember to schedule a service 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 Bell Air Conditioning Inc. in Belton a call at 254-939-1141.