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7 Home Energy Saving Tips For Spring

saving energy new yorkWeather is warming up here in Sullivan County – but you’re still going to need your heating system for a while since average temperatures in our service area can dip into the 50s well into June.

Shoulder seasons like this can sometimes result in some sneaky heating bills as temperatures dip overnight in April and May. But with a little planning and some simple changes in your lifestyle, you can keep those bills as low as possible.

Save Energy To Save Money

Here are some of the best bang-for-the-buck ways to help you save energy in the weeks ahead.

  1. Program your thermostat – Use your thermostat wisely and you could save up to 10 percent on your home energy bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
  2. Clear vents and baseboards – Move any furniture, drapery or rugs that could keep heat from reaching your living space.
  3. Caulk and seal leaks – Inexpensive measures like caulk, weatherstripping, and door sweeps will keep air leaks at bay. Insulation – especially in your attic – is a high-value energy saver, too.
  4. Close your fireplace damper – An open fireplace damper is like an open window; close it when you are not using your hearth.
  5. Stay on top of air filter changes – One of your most important HVAC maintenance tasks is to replace its air filters regularly. Clogged filters rob your furnace of efficiency by making it overwork to keep you warm; that means higher heating bills and more wear and tear on your equipment.
  6. Mind your hot water use – Almost 20 percent of your energy bill comes from heating water, so reducing your hot water usage will also shrink your fuel bill. Try resetting the thermostat on your water heater to 120°F (the factory setting is usually higher), installing low-flow showerheads and aerators, and washing clothes on the cold setting for starters. If you’re due for a new water heater, choose a high-efficiency model.
  7. Service your equipment – Get your furnace or boiler maintained by a professional and you’ll prevent it from losing about five percent efficiency every year. You’ll also avoid most repairs (about 80 percent of which are avoidable if caught early enough) and keep your warranty in force. Routine maintenance pays for itself – don’t skip it!

Stay comfortable and save money this spring with these cost-effective tips and tricks. Want another smart tip? Replace your old, inefficient boiler or furnace with a new, high-efficiency heating system from Black Bear. Contact us today to learn more about boiler and furnace installations in Sullivan County, NY!