Fall Energy-Saving Tips for PA Homeowners
Fall is finally here! With chillier weather making way for the winter heating season ahead, many Pennsylvania homeowners like yourself are looking for ways to save a little extra on energy bills this season. Luckily, our heating experts at Hollenbach Home Comfort Services are here to suggest our top ways to help reduce energy spending and keep your home safe and cozy, no matter how low the temperatures outside drop. Keep reading to learn our top 10 ways to help reduce your energy use this fall and to save more money all heating season long.
10 Ways to Reduce Your Fall Heating Bills in Pennsylvania
Fall energy savings can be a tricky topic for the Greater Tamaqua area of Pennsylvania. With a chill in the air, we’re all gearing up to switch on our heating systems and strap in for freezing winter conditions. However, spending less on your home heating energy costs is simple when you work with Hollenbach’s! We’ve compiled a list of easy-to-implement energy-saving tips that can help make the upcoming heating season more affordable. Check out our list below, and start implementing these easy tasks as part of your winter prep to-do list.
1. Seal air leaks and drafts
Check windows and doors for any air leaks or drafts. If you find any, seal them with weather stripping or caulk to prevent precious heat from escaping.
2. Schedule your heating system tune-up
When looking for a heating oil provider, choosing a company like Hollenbach Oil that values your overall home comfort makes all the difference. As a Hollenbach Home Comfort Services customer, you can take advantage of our annual heating system tune-up and maintenance services offered through Jay Hollenbach Plumbing and Heating LLC to keep your heating oil furnace or boiler running in peak condition for years to come. Scheduling this critical yearly maintenance not only helps to extend the lifespan of your heating system; it also can help you save money on fuel costs by enabling your equipment to run more efficiently this season. Don’t miss out on this cost-saving service by reaching out to our team today to schedule your heating tune-up before colder weather is here to stay.
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3. Use your dishwasher and washing machine wisely
Your hot water heater is working overtime during the cold months. Help lighten the load; the more dishes and clothes with which you fill these appliances, the less water is needed per cycle. An extra tip: washing clothes in cold water will save energy and even extend the lifespan of your clothing, too.
4. Don’t forget about window treatments
Keep curtains on south-facing windows open during the day so that the sun can naturally raise your home’s indoor temperature. Just make sure you close them at night for an extra barrier against the evening chill.
5. Upgrade your oil heating equipment with Hollenbach
Heating technology is constantly improving. A new heating oil tank installed by our heating experts at Jay Hollenbach Plumbing and Heating will use your fuel more efficiently, help reduce your carbon footprint, and make you less likely to experience a breakdown or leak heating oil. Here are some common signs that your oil tank may need to be replaced:
- Rust and wet spots
- Weak or unstable legs
- Poor oil efficiency
- Sheer age
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6. Check your water heater
Turning your water heater to the WARM setting, 120 degrees, can help save energy (and money) this heating season without affecting the hot showers you love.
7. Install a programmable thermostat
Wi-Fi thermostats are little devices that can deliver big energy savings. Program your thermostat to automatically lower while you are asleep or out of the house, so you are only using heating fuel when you need it.
8. Layer up
When you are on the fence about whether you need to turn up the heat, add a cozy layer first. Warm slippers, socks, and sweaters are perfect for the season and can really change your comfort before your heating system has to.
9. Enroll in a fuel payment plan
At Hollenbach Home Comfort Services, we’re pleased to offer our customers several convenient oil payment options, including a monthly budget plan to help you make budgeting for your fall and winter heating oil deliveries easier than ever before. This convenient service means more efficient, reliable fuel-ups for you, predictable payments, and greater savings during the heating season when you spread out your fuel costs over the course of the year. To learn more, be sure to visit our SmartPay Budget Plan page here.
10. Don’t forget about the fireplace
If you have a wood-burning fireplace, your chimney can be a culprit for unseen drafts. Always keep your fireplace damper closed unless you are burning a fire.