Try These Tricks to Cut Costs & Lift Your Spirits
October is full of devilishly delicious scares—from haunted houses to spooky movies and more. It’s the month when being frightened is actually fun. But when it comes to your monthly utility bills, you never want to be afraid.
The crew at Matheson will do everything in our power to make sure our customers are not haunted by scary energy bills. For starters, we perform top-notch heating installations and replacements in Commerce Township and beyond. We always recommend high-efficiency systems designed to use less energy, which saves you money. Our highly skilled technicians will make sure your new system is installed seamlessly, which is critical for maximum efficiency.
As a homeowner, there are steps you can take to make those savings even sweeter. They include:
- Upgrade that old fridge. If your refrigerator is more than 10 years old, you will experience energy savings when you upgrade to a new Energy Star-certified model.
- Run your dishwasher ONLY when full. This reduces the number of times you run your dishwasher, which saves energy, money and water.
- Add a faucet aerator. Aerators screw into your faucet’s nozzle and reduce the amount of water flowing out of the tap. You’ll use less hot water—another energy-saving move.
- Replace your old showerhead. New showerhead models can help save thousands of gallons of water (and energy) per year.
- Use LED bulbs. Incandescent bulbs are energy goblins! LEDs use up to 90 percent less energy so use them wherever you can.
- Unplug electric-powered items when not in use. Laptops, phones, tablets, clocks, lamps and other electrical devices use energy even when not in use. This “vampire load” accounts for 23 percent of the electricity used in American households. So unplug when you can.
- Use a smart power strip. Power strips also help save energy.
- Put ceiling fans to work. During the colder months, reverse the direction of the fan blades to rotate clockwise. This pushes hot air, which rises, back down into your living space. This should allow you to lower the thermostat and still keep warm.
- Fix leaky windows. Caulking or weather-stripping old windows can help keep warm air inside of your home.
- Use cold water to wash clothes. There’s very little need to wash clothes in hot water because today’s washing machines and detergents are powerful with cold water.
- Change your heating system’s air filter. Dirty air filters make your heating system work harder. Change your filter at least every three months. And don’t forget to call Matheson to schedule your fall tune-up!
- Lower your water heater’s temperature. Although most water heaters are set to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, 120 degrees is just fine for most households.
Our team will be happy to come in for a landing at your home to help with any HVAC-, IAQ- or plumbing-related tricks that can help you save energy, We’re the team you can count on for high-flying plumbing services, heating maintenance, heating installations/replacements and heating repairs in Bloomfield Hills or nearby. Call us at 248.277.57624 or contact us through our website.