6 Ways to Get Lower Utility Bills this Winter11/10/2014The winter months bring tons of exciting activities and events, but it can also take a toll on your budget. From holiday lights to keeping your home cozy throughout harsh weather, many Springfield families experience high energy expenses. Luckily, there are steps you can take to decrease your expenses and achieve lower utility bills. Our team at Bormida Mechanical Services Inc in Springfield put together a list of ways you can save. Try them out and experience lower utility bills this winter season. 1. Adjust your thermostat. Set your thermostat to lower heating output at times when you’re asleep or not home. Three to five percent more energy is consumed 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. Put off doing laundry until you can do full loads. This will save you money on water heating, water usage and on heat used for the dryer. You don’t want to do more laundry than actually needed, 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 find the areas 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 options. 4. Properly seal your leaks. From your heating and cooling ducts to attics, walls and windows, there are a number of 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 coming through doors and windows. Contact Bormida Mechanical Services Inc to learn 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 older 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 Springfield. 6. Install a high-efficiency furnace. If you need to upgrade your furnace, think about purchasing an energy efficient furnace. Some systems can save up to $800 every year on annual heating bills over older furnaces. Or, if you’ve made a replacement recently, remember to schedule a routine maintenance visit for your current system. A simple tune-up can help you achieve lower utility bills by making it easier for the system to work. For more information on how you can reduce your utility bills this winter, give Bormida Mechanical Services Inc in Springfield a call at 217-210-2662.