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Why are my utility bills so high?

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Whether you live in an apartment, a condo, or a home, utility bills can be a major source of headaches – especially when you don’t know where all those costs are coming from. Despite our best efforts to conserve energy, it can be difficult to stay ahead of steep electricity or gas bills. Luckily, we have a few money-saving tricks to share with our readers that will have you back under-budget in no time!

 

 

  • Check your air filters. If you feel like your heating or cooling system just isn’t performing like it used to, make sure all air filters are clean. A dirty air filter blocks airflow, and causes the machine to perform at reduced efficiency. Talk about wasted money! This is a cheap and easy step you can perform yourself that will save you major dollars down the road.

  • Program your thermostat. Another easy thing you can do to reduce electricity/gas costs is to program your thermostat for nighttime and when no one is home for an extended period of time. During winter, aim for a thermostat setting of 68 degrees Fahrenheit, and during the summer your thermostat should be set to 78 degrees Fahrenheit. At night during the winter, try to program for 7-10 degrees colder than you had it during the day. If you don’t already have a programmable thermostat, new ones run from $90-$300 and are installed through a fairly simple process. At THA, we handle all installations for you, so give us a call if you’re thinking of switching to a programmable thermostat!

  • Inspect your insulation. Improper insulation lets any heated or cooled air leach out into the environment surrounding your home. Don’t throw dollars out the window! Inspect insulation, especially in unfinished areas like attics or basements. Update any areas that are torn or broken down. If your home is older, it may be worth your while to have the windows replaced. Newer windows are designed to insulate well, and most filter UV light which also affects the temperature in your home.

  • Consider energy efficient options. Switching to energy efficient appliances – like high efficiency clothes washers, MaP rated toilets, and fluorescent lighting – can make a huge difference for the environment and your pocketbook.

  • Clean and maintain appliances. Clean fridge condenser coils, clean out dryer lint trap, don’t over crowd freezer, etc. Go through your home and make a checklist of appliances that require routine cleaning. Make sure to perform the whole list every so often to make sure you’re getting the most out of your appliances.

  • Only use appliances for a full load. Another important part of making the most of your appliances includes only using them when full. These machines will run using the same amount of energy for a half load versus a full one, so maximize each load as much as possible.

  • Find other ways to heat/cool yourself than central air. Stock up on cozy blankets for the winter and use breezy days to your advantage in the summer. Ceiling fans are a huge help when it comes to moderating the temperature in your home without spending much.

 

Here at THA Heating, Air, & Plumbing, we know that it can be difficult to get ahead of the rising costs of home maintenance. Whether it be a water heater installation, a leaky faucet, or a malfunctioning septic tank – we are here to help. Our goal is to provide thorough plumbing services at an affordable cost, and arm you with the information you need to maintain your home. We want to simplify your experience by giving you access to reliable, reasonable appliance work, as well as boost your personal knowledge. We offer round-the-clock services including emergency plumbing repairs, outside of regular business hours. If you’re located in San Diego, call us at (858) 571-8865 to schedule your next repair, install, or anything else in between today!