6 Ways to Get Lower Utility Bills this Winter11/10/2014The winter season brings lots of enjoyable activities and events, but it can also impact your wallet. From holiday lights to maintaining a warm home during harsh weather, many Carson City families are left with high energy costs. Luckily, you can take some easy steps to decrease your expenses and achieve lower utility bills. Our experts at Anderson Heating & A/C in Carson City came up with a list of ways you can save. Try them out and experience 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 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 decrease 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 do full loads. This will help you save on water heating, water usage and on heat needed for the dryer. You don’t want to do more laundry than was really necessary, right? And, don’t forget: 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 spots 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 on energy expenses, including long- and short-term energy-saving solutions. 4. Properly seal your leaks. From your air ducts to attics, walls and windows, there are many 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 on doors and windows. Contact Anderson Heating & A/C to find out more about sealing your air ducts. 5. Use LED holiday lights. One easy way 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 work for nearly 40 holiday seasons in Carson City. 6. Install a high-efficiency furnace. If you need to replace your furnace, look into an energy efficient furnace. Some systems can save up to $800 yearly on annual heating bills compared to older furnaces. Or, if it’s not quite time for a replacement, remember to schedule a maintenance visit for your current furnace. An easy 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 reduce your utility bills this winter, give Anderson Heating & A/C in Carson City a call at 775-882-8154.