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Three tips for saving money as the weather changes

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As the weather cools down, your thermostat slowly begins to creep up. Your home may start to feel a bit drafty and your hot showers get a bit longer. There is hope — here are three ways to combat higher energy bills.

Time your heat.

It’s tempting to crank that heat every time you feel a chill. But what happens when you forget to un-crank it? You get stuck in an incredibly warm home and high heating bills. A programmable thermostat allows you to “set it and forget it” and plan ahead to reap the benefits in your wallet.

Find drafts.

You might be surprised how much warm air escapes your home. Luckily, you can save as much as 10 percent on your total energy bills each year by properly sealing and insulating your home.

Here’s where to look:

  • Window seals
  • Door seals
  • Attic openings
  • Furnace flues or ducts
  • Plumbing vents
  • Recessed lights
  • Wiring holes (cable TV, electrical outlets, phone lines)

Typically a visual inspection will be enough to find an air leak. As an extra step, light a candle and hold it near the area. Does it flicker? This could be a sign of an energy-draining draft. Locating a few leaks can save you big this fall and winter.

If you’d like a more thorough review of your home, you can contact Washington Energy Services for a home energy audit — a complete inspection and report of where and how your home is losing energy and efficiency.

Think tankless.

Who doesn’t love a hot shower on a cold fall or winter morning? Unfortunately, if you’re not the first person to the bathroom, you could be in for a shower as cold as the weather outside. A tankless water heater solves this issue and can prevent costly energy bills. Tankless water heaters from Washington Energy Services are 82 – 94% energy efficient and EnergyStar qualified.

Just because the season is changing, doesn’t mean your bills need to increase. So remember to schedule your thermostat, repair drafts, and consider going tankless. But most importantly remember to savor the season with friends and family.

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Is your furnace ready for fall?

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Show it a little TLC.

Fall is the perfect season to schedule a furnace service, repair, or tune-up. The coldest days of winter are not an ideal time to start thinking about this—do it now before your furnace gets kicked into high gear.

Call Washington Energy for the following furnace services:

Precision Tune-Up: This 37-point inspection ensures that your furnace will continue operating efficiently through fall, winter, and beyond. One of our expert technicians will visually inspect, test, clean, tighten and lubricate all of your system components and explain any key findings or recommendations with you. According to ENERGY STAR, regular tune-ups will extend the life of the system and keep it working efficiently.

Our Guardian Maintenance Club offers even more peace of mind with annual tune-ups, 24-hour emergency service, club discounts, and more.

Maintenance and Repair: Did your furnace just barely scrape by last year? Give it the attention it needs! Whether it’s just a bit out of sorts or has completely stopped working, call WES. We’ll perform diagnostics and repair service to get it running smoothly once again.

Get a fresh filter for fall.

Go ahead—take a look at your filter. Is it looking a little worse for the wear? Typically, a 4″ filter should be replaced every 90 days. A 5″ filter should be replaced every six months. If you can’t remember when you last changed your furnace filter, it’s time to do it again. Clean filters can help extend the life of your furnace, keep energy costs down, and maintain healthy air quality.

Want to make it really easy? Sign up for our Filter Program. You’ll get the correct furnace filter automatically shipped to your home when it’s time to change them out. It doesn’t get any simpler than that.

Is it time to say goodbye?

There are a few considerations to make when you’re deciding if it’s time to upgrade your furnace.

Age
If your furnace is nearing (or beyond) fifteen years old, it’s safe to assume it’s not as efficient as it once was. If you want optimum efficiency in your home, you could find it with a new furnace.

Strange Noises
This is a telltale sign of an old furnace. If yours is rattling, clanging, popping, or simply sounds like it’s working too hard, it may be time to replace it.

Dry Air and Home
Old furnaces have trouble providing moisture in the air, which can result in dry, dusty conditions. This is especially troublesome for those with allergies to dust, mold, dander, and other airborne elements.

High Energy Bills
Put simply, if the bill is high, the furnace may be the culprit. Upgrade for lower energy bills!

Fall is here. Make sure your furnace is up to the task of warming your cozy nights inside… after cool days outside.

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