All homeowners want to reduce their winter energy bills. Some ways to do so are free or very low cost. Here are six tips for saving money on winter heating bills.

1. Turn Down the Heat

The thermostat should be set lower when you’re not home or asleep. Turning the thermostat down by 10% during these times reduces your energy bill by 10%. You should also reduce the heat when you’re home, if you’re able to. If you do so gradually, you can reduce the thermostat from 72 to 68 degrees and may not even notice.

2. Buy LED Light Bulbs

LED light bulbs use 75% less energy than incandescent ones. These bulbs will quickly pay for themselves in energy savings. Replacing just five frequently used lights can save you $75 or more a year.

3. Change Your Furnace Filter

A dirty filter causes your furnace to work much harder, leading to increased energy bills. Since heating accounts for about 45% of most people’s winter energy bills, this really adds up. Based in Gonzales, Texas, GVEC Home performs AC/heating tune-ups that can extend the life of your HVAC system and save you money. Choose from our one-and-done Check-N-Save option or from HVAC Spec Check, our twice-yearly maintenance plan that helps assure your system is always primed when seasonal weather shifts between hot and cold.

4. Insulate Your Attic

Many houses have no insulation or too little in the attic. Having the right amount of insulation will help keep warm air in your home where it belongs.

5. Use Floor Coverings

If you walk around your house barefoot, your feet might get cold in the winter on hard surfaces. You can buy thick area rugs for a reasonable cost at discount retailers.

6. Seal Leaky Ducts

Ducts are often leaky, which means they’re releasing hot air into your crawlspace or attic. These should be sealed.

An HVAC Company You Can Trust

GVEC Home has been providing full-service heating and cooling solutions throughout the Guadalupe Valley since 1968. We offer a complete line of HVAC products and services, and we can answer your questions about cooling and heating systems, ductless units, thermostats, indoor air quality accessories, and more. Plus, we offer HVAC service 365 days a year. Call us today at 877.466.5506 for a free quote.

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