Winter Hints, Tips, & Reminders!

Winter is here in full force! Use these helpful Hints, Tips and Reminders to ensure a safe and warm Winter for you and your family.

Hint: Improve your home’s insulation. Over 45% of a home’s heating and cooling can be lost through the walls, roof and floor. If you work on improving your home’s insulation in these key areas, you will be able to significantly reduce your heating and cooling bills in order to keep comfortable all seasons. There are also rebates available through your energy company if you hire a registered BPI contractor to install insulation.

Tip: Turn your water heater down to 120 degrees. It’s simple to do and will save you money as well as saving your water heater from over working. It’s been proven that lowering your water heater’s temperature by 10 degrees will save you 3%-5% on your water heating costs. Not only will this save you money but you are lengthening the life of your water heater as well. You can also consider adding a water heater blanket to help insulate the tank and reduce the amount on energy used to heat the tank.

Reminder: Turn the heat down when no one is home and at night. Your heating system will operate less and use less energy if you keep your thermostat around the 68 degree mark. For even bigger savings set your thermostat to 60-65 when you are not home or asleep.  Using a programmable thermostat is also an easy way to ensure you don’t have you system running when the home is empty.