Everyone who has been paying attention to the news is dreading the increase in oil prices and the cost of heating the oil along with it. While adjusting the price of oil is out of our control, there are many things we can do to get the most out of every dollar spent for heating – from recommendations on having your HVAC system professionally maintained to offering advice on things you can do to keep your home more energy-efficient and weather-tight.
The strongest tool you have in reducing your energy expenses is conservation. With a little ingenuity, you could save hundreds of dollars on your heating costs by simply using your commonsense regarding how you consume energy.
- Giving your heating and air conditioning system a tune-up once a year can reduce your energy bill by up to 5% and maximize the most value from the heating oil you purchased. Contact your San Francisco HVAC company today to schedule your annual tune-up.
- Bake a lot of things and keep your kitchen hot. Baking all of the things you avoid in the summer months like bread, cake, roasted meats, etc., will help keep the house warmed up.
- It is possible to help protect your home by closing off the exposed part of your cellar or foundation with plastic material, leaves, hay – and actually snow.
- Put on a sweater – Why not put on a turtleneck along with a sweater? Or possibly a nice fleece sweatshirt. It’s less expensive for your body to do the heating than a heating system.
- Hot drinks will warm you up so bring on the tea, coffee and hot chocolate. The extra liquids you receive from hot drinks like tea or beef broth also help a body to burn more calories and keep you warmer.
- Update an older home heating system – Exchanging your old HVAC system with a brand new one is a great investment which will pay off sooner than later by lowering your energy bills by up to 40%.
- Caulk around, and seal, loose window panes. Add weather strip protection. Windows and doors with a constant draft can be sealed with a tight wrapping of polyurethane plastic sheeting.
- Everyone loves winter sports. Hike, skate, ski, snow shoe, sled, bike ride, build a snowman, go birdwatching, have a snowball fight – you will definitely heat up your body while saving money by lowering the temperature on your thermostat.
- Be sure that chairs, sofas, drapes, bookshelves, etc. aren’t obstructing your baseboards, which makes it more difficult for warm air to get to the other parts of the room.
- Fiddle with your thermostat – Decrease the temperature when going to bed, increase it once you wake up, decrease it when you’re leaving home, increase when you return.
For more tips on how to reduce your heating and air conditioning bill contact Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning, your local San Francisco HVAC company, at (650) 758-4900 or visit our website at http://www.OrtizHeatingAC.com.