With the holiday season arriving, the gifts, travel, and dining mean more expenses this winter. On top of monthly bills and payments, saving money may seem impossible. However, there are proven techniques that you can use to keep more money in your wallet during this time of the year.
Below are a few things you can do around the home and in your daily life that can save money, so you have more to spend after the holidays.
Prepare for the Winter
With the air conditioner going off and the heater coming on, it is possible that your energy bills will rise if your home is not properly prepared. Here are some steps you can take:
- Sealing air leaks
- Installing proper insulation
- Upgrading your heating system
- Lowering the Thermostat
You can use caulk to fill up small gaps and cracks which are leaking heat from your home. Window attachments and weatherstripping can also add insulation which in turn traps more heat inside. Check to see that your home has the proper amount of insulation behind the walls and in the attic. The more you have, the more heat stays inside.
Be sure to change out the filters of your heating system every three months or when the filter is clearly dirty. And finally, lower the thermostat to a setting of 68 degrees during the day and a few degrees lower at night. Even a change of one degree can help save you money on your energy bills.
Other Changes for Your Home
In addition to the changes already suggested, you can save even more money by following these tips.
Lower Water Heater Temperature: If you set your water heater to 120 degrees, it will reduce the amount of energy needed to heat the water. If your water heater is already set to 120, consider lowering it by five degrees. Even that small amount can have a positive impact on your bill.
Open Curtains on South-Facing Windows: With the earth tilting away from the sun, opening the curtains on windows that face the south during the day can add more heat to your home.
Heat System Maintenance: If you have an HVAC unit, be sure to have it properly maintained. A maintenance check every year can identify parts that are wearing out or dust that may cause the heating system to become inefficient and use more energy.
If you have a fireplace, keep the damper closed unless a fire is burning. By opening the damper at the bottom of the firebox or slightly opening the nearest window, you can reduce heat loss. However, if you never use the fireplace, then plug the chimney flue and seal it so that no air escapes.
You can add saving money to your list during the holiday season when you know the right ways to lower your bills and payments. This means that you can still enjoy the holidays with family and friends while not breaking the bank.
Contact Brickley Environmental Today
With numerous dangers facing your home or business, calling the professionals at Brickley Environmental is a good place to start. We offer our knowledge and experience along with the tools to detect and remove infestations of various types. The services provided by Brickley Environmental include the following.
- Asbestos Abatement
- Mold Remediation
- Lead-Based Paint Removal
- Hazardous Waste Removal
If you are facing any of these issues, call Brickley Environmental today. Our friendly, courteous staff will take your call and answer your questions, so you can make the best-informed decision about what to do next. At Brickley Environmental, we are here to help you.