You pay more for energy when it is cold. This is because winter is when you spend more time indoors. It can get very cold here in Oregon, as it had during the holidays and into the beginning of the new year.
You can still reduce your energy expenditures this season, by implementing a few creative ideas.. Wouldn’t in be nice to have some extra money left over to go shopping in Portland?
Your air conditioner has started hibernating. Your heating unit, be it a furnace or heat pump, consumes a significant amount of your energy bill. Make sure to schedule seasonal maintenance so your system runs at maximum efficiency.
Consider a replacement if the unit is more than 10 years old. Consumer Reports says modern gas furnaces can burn at a remarkable 97 percent efficiency due to recent regulations and innovations. Your energy bills will be significantly reduced by investing in a replacement. A replacement is a wonderful holiday gift that adults can enjoy (at least).
This is also true for your water heater. If it isn’t, make sure to service it properly and order a new one if necessary.
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You can reduce your heating costs by learning how to identify heat loss in your house and how to stop it. Because your home isn’t completely sealed, warm air can get in through cracks or crevices. Cold outdoor air can sometimes get in through unsealed ducting. Through these openings, up to one-quarter your home’s heat could be lost. Heat loss is also common in the following areas: