How to lower your energy bill this winter

Temperatures are falling in Des Moines and furnaces are fired up for the season. Heating your home uses a lot of energy, so being more efficient is a great way to lower your energy bill.

Fortunately there are probably simple steps you can take to save hundreds of dollars every winter on your heating bill. Here are some suggestions.

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Dress warm

Your furnace isn’t the only thing that will keep you warm in the cold winter months. Wear warm clothes and turn down the thermostat. You can save as much as five percent on heating costs for every degree you turn down the temperature between 60 and 70 degrees.

The ideal setting is 68 degrees. And turn that down to 55 degrees when you’re not home.

Fill up the dishwasher

Your dishwasher is wasting energy with those not-quite-full loads. Dishwashers are more energy efficient when full. And they also use less water than hand-washing.

Keep the filter clean

Your furnace has to work harder when the filter is dirty. Replace it every two months to keep things working at max efficiency.

Adjust your water heater

Don’t waste money on hot water. The U.S. Department of Energy says that 120 degrees is the ideal setting for your hot water heater. Anything higher is wasting money. Need a new water heater? We install new energy efficient water heaters.

Seal your leaks

All those small cracks and leaks around your windows can really add up. Seal them to save 10 percent or more on your energy bill. For large gaps, use expanding form sealant.

Get it cleaned

A fall furnace clean and check from Kohles & Bach Heating and Cooling will keep your furnace running as efficiently as possible all winter long. Call 515-278-2900 today to schedule your appointment or to discuss current specials on new furnace installation.