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Whether you like it or not and whether you are prepared or not, winter is coming. It is not the time to sit on your couch and wait for it to come like doomsday; it is time to make sure you are prepared!
Winter means one thing: cold air. But for those who are conscious enough to notice, winter means larger electric bills. Yes, it is true. Winter is the season of the year where your electric bills skyrocket. Why? It’s simple. We need to keep our homes warm. Our home should be the right temperature to make us comfortable. The modern way to do this is by turning on our heating system. This consumes the biggest portion of our electric bill. Fortunately, we have the whole fall season to prepare for it. To prepare means that we must have the right tools and proper information on how to save during the coming season.
Your energy supplier– Check your electric bill and call American Power & Gas to have an explanation of the delivery and supply charges. Also, speak with an American Power & Gas representative about your options with money-saving energy or earth-saving green energy.
The fireplace – Getting your fireplace ready will certainly lead to better savings; and fall is the best time to clean and repair our fireplace. Make sure that the dumper is tightly sealed when not in use. A small space would let the cold air rush in and send the warm air out. If you are using an electric heating system, an opening on the fireplace would mean more work to maintain the warmth. Let a professional contractor to do the proper maintenance. They are capable of properly securing your fireplace. When you decide to use the fireplace, you can turn down your heater. Doing this can save you as much as 8% on your heating costs.
The duct – Small leaks on duct will certainly result in heat loss, so make sure that this is regularly checked. Usually ducts are located on unheated places, which is another reason why heat is lost. Insulate the ducts by wrapping it with R-6 or higher fiberglass. Never use cloth-backed tapes. You can also wrap them with UL-approved metallic or plastic tapes and mastic sealants. Leaking ducts create 30% more work for your heating system, so make sure they are sealed and secured.
The furnace – The furnace will put in extra effort if the filter is full of dirt. This will equate to energy waste since the furnace will consume more power against the service it brings. To avoid this, make sure that your filter is clean. The owner’s manual will tell you how to clean the filter. A clean filter will let you breathe clean air around your house. As a bonus, a clean filter saves you 5% on heating costs.
The solar heat – You do not need to have solar panels on your roof to use the sun as the source of heat. All you have to do is open your drapes during the day to warm your room without using electricity. Make sure that you close them at night to keep the warm air inside. Reduction of the use of heating system during the day will let you cut as much as 10% on your electric consumption.
The openings – Openings on your doors, windows, joints, and sills will let the cold air from outside in and the warm air from the inside out. Make sure that these openings are sealed with either sealant or weather-stripping. It will help reduce the work of the heating system immensely.
The thermostat – A programmable thermostat or a centralized heating system will let you save on heating costs. The programmable thermostat will let you set your desired room temperature for a specific period of the day. This is useful if you are leaving your home or are going to sleep elsewhere.
The centralized heating system, on the other hand, will give you the ultimate control on the temperature of every room. These will let you decide how warm a room could be. One interesting thing to note is that a centigrade lower on your heating system will save you as much as 5% on your heating cost.
The water heater – Households can set the heating system between 120 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. This range is ideal on both mobile homes and regular homes.
Call American Power & Gas at (800)201-9011 today to discuss your options for lowering your energy supply cost.