Winter is here in full force, and as you seek to keep your Oak Ridge, Tennessee, home warm this year, why not save money on your utilities? The right strategies can decrease your energy use, which also allows you to be more eco-friendly. Learn about four important energy-saving tips for your home this winter that will reduce your carbon footprint as well as save you some money on utility bills.

Turn Down Your Thermostat

Many people balk at the idea of turning down the temperature when you’re trying to stay warm, but it’s unlikely you’ll recognize a shift of one or two degrees. By comparison, this can save you every year on your utility bills, and it uses measurably less energy every month. In addition, set the temperature down by at least 10 degrees when you’re not home. There’s no reason to heat the house when you’re not in it!

Seal the Doors, Walls, and Windows in Your Home

Leaks in your home can be wildly expensive, and many people don’t even realize that they’re a problem. You can pick up some weatherstripping or plastic film to cover your window frames and use heavy drapes to insulate the windows. Check your doors and anywhere that duct work and piping exit the home for drafts. Seal these up as tightly as you can with caulking or weather-stripping.

Monitor Your Home Water Heater

Just like controlling the temperature in your house can save you money, turning your water heater down to the “warm” setting, or setting the maximum temperature no higher than 120 degrees will provide all the hot water you need, while saving you money. You also don’t have to worry about scalding yourself while showering or doing the dishes.

Get Your Furnace Serviced

Having your furnace serviced by a professional can increase its efficiency. A quick cleaning and tuneup of your HVAC system should be done at least once a year. If you’re ready to have your Oak Ridge furnace serviced, call Cook’s Comfort Systems, Inc. at 865-248-5001 today!

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