6 Ways to Get Lower Utility Bills this Winter11/10/2014The winter months bring a bunch of fun activities and events, but it can also impact your budget. From holiday lights to staying warm in the middle of harsh weather, many Indian River County families have high energy expenses. Luckily, there are steps you can take to cut back your expenses and achieve lower utility bills. Our experts at Custom Air Systems Inc in Indian River County 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 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 reduce the temperature 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 save money on water heating, water usage and on heat needed for the dryer. You don’t want to do more laundry than you have to anyway, right? And, keep in mind: cleaning 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 see the areas where your home is losing energy through leaks, drafts, or products and appliances that use extra energy. The assessment can show you how to save as much as possible, including long- and short-term energy-saving possibilities. 4. Properly seal your leaks. From your air ducts to attics, walls and windows, there are a number of areas in your home that may be letting cold air seep through. Simply cover windows with plastic, and add caulk or weatherstripping to seal leaks on doors and windows. Contact Custom Air Systems Inc to learn more about sealing your air ducts. 5. Use LED holiday lights. One easy way to receive 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 up to 40 holiday seasons in Indian River County. 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 every year on annual heating bills versus older furnaces. Or, if it’s not quite time for a replacement, remember to schedule a service visit for your current equipment. A quick tune-up can help you achieve lower utility bills by making it easier for the system to operate. For more information on how you can lower your utility bills this winter, give Custom Air Systems Inc in Indian River County a call at 772-571-1080.