The cool, crisp days of autumn have turned to the cold, blustery days of winter. In New York, that means cranking up the furnace to protect us from (and perhaps temporarily forget about) the outside elements. 

However, keeping your home warm and cozy doesn’t have to lead to a sky-rocketing heating bill. Follow these tips to lower your energy bills and save money during the chill of a New York winter:

  • Upgrade your thermostat. Still have an old-fashioned dial thermostat? If so, you’re overspending on your heating costs. Installing a newer, programmable thermostat can potentially save you up to 20% on your energy bill. Programmable thermostats give you complete climate control, allowing you to set your home at a lower temperature when you’re away or asleep and a warmer temperature while you’re enjoying its cozy comforts. 

  • Savor the sunshine. The days may be shorter, but you can use the sunlight to your (and your home’s) advantage. Opening the curtains on south-facing windows during bright, sunny days allows the warmth or the sun to naturally heat your home. Once the sun sets, close the curtains to keep the warmth inside. 

  • Switch to LEDs. Regular light bulbs give off heat, which results in wasted energy. Replacing your old light bulbs with LED bulbs can cut your electricity costs by 33%. Bonus tip: replace your old incandescent string lights with LEDs for added energy savings and holiday cheer. 

  • Find and fix leaks. It is amazing how much heat can escape through your home’s hidden air leaks. Fixing those leaks will not only keep your home warmer, but it will also keep your furnace running efficiently. Not sure where to look for leaks? Common places include door and window framing, unfinished spaces behind cabinets, recessed lights in insulated ceilings, and utility (i.e. plumbing, gas) cut thoughts. To fix the leak, add caulk or foam sealant around the framing or open area. Both the caulk and sealant can be purchased at your local hardware or home improvement store. 

  • Timing is everything. Your utility company charges you a higher rate for electricity used during peak hours, usually from 7 am to 10 pm. Save some money and plan your energy-heavy task accordingly by doing laundry or running the dishwasher during off-peak hours. 
If you need HVAC maintenance but don’t know who to call, Hubbard Heating & Plumbing can help! Our team of trained professionals can get your system running like new again, and can help answer any questions about the process along the way. Call us today at 607-532-4739 to schedule your maintenance check, or visit our website to learn more about the services we offer and how we can help you.