6 Ways to Get Lower Utility Bills this Winter11/10/2014The cold season brings a bunch of exciting activities and events, but it can also take a toll on your budget. From holiday lights to staying warm during harsh weather, many Greencastle families experience high energy expenses. Luckily, there are easy ways to cut back your expenses and achieve lower utility bills. Our professionals at Premier HVAC Services LLC in Greencastle created a list of ways you can save. Try them out and enjoy lower utility bills this winter season. 1. Adjust your thermostat. Change your thermostat to lower heating output at times 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 used for the dryer. You don’t want to do more laundry than was really necessary, right? And, remember: cleaning 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 find the spots where your home is losing energy through leaks, drafts, or products and appliances that use excess energy. The assessment can show you how to save the most, including long- and short-term energy-saving solutions. 4. Properly seal your leaks. From your heating and cooling ducts to attics, walls and windows, there are many areas in your home that may be letting in unwanted cold air. Simply tape heavy plastic over the windows, and add caulk or weatherstripping to seal leaks on doors and windows. Contact Premier HVAC Services LLC to find out more about sealing your air ducts. 5. Use LED holiday lights. One of the easiest ways to get lower utility bills is to switch out your less efficient holiday lights for LED lights. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, LEDs use less energy than incandescent bulbs and can last nearly 40 holiday seasons in Greencastle. 6. Install a high-efficiency furnace. If you need to upgrade your furnace, look into an energy efficient furnace. Some systems can save hundreds of dollars every year on annual heating bills over older furnaces. Or, if it’s not quite time for a replacement, remember to schedule a routine maintenance 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 Premier HVAC Services LLC in Greencastle a call at 717-597-9900 .