Tips for Keeping Your Energy Bill Down

  ServiceMaster of Burnsville is a proud member of this community. We provide carpet, window and duct cleaning; water and fire damage restoration; and vandalism and trauma cleanup. It's the time of year when energy bills skyrocket in Minnesota. Follow these smart tips to keep you energy bill down. First of all,  Maintain Your Stuff.

  • Get your furnace a check-up each at the beginning of the cold season. Nothing is worse that a dead heater in the middle of a Minnesota winter.
  • Change your filters. When your furnace filter becomes clogged with dust and other particulate matter, it has to work harder to produce less heat. 
  • Protect your pipes. Most hardware stores carry these cheap, easy to install pipe insulation tubes

 2nd, Keep Icy Air OUT.

  • If new windows aren’t in the budget, make your old windows winter tight. Purchase inexpensive weather-proofing kits from your local hardware store or here. If you really want to keep the icy wind at bay, purchase a roll of bubble wrap. Use double sided tape to adhere it to the window frame, then go ahead and use the kit over the top. Windows love layers too!
  • Speaking of layers and windows, curtains go a long ways toward keeping the cold out. They even make insulating curtains for extra protection.
  • Use draft dodgers to keep the winter chill from seeping in around your door frames. If you are crafty you could even make to match your decor. Even a rolled up towel will suffice in a pinch.

 Finally, Be Smart About It.

  • Reverse your ceiling fans. Fans should spin counter-clockwise in the summer to push cool air down. In the winter, fans should spin clockwise to pull cool air up and force warm air that is trapped on the ceiling down around the walls.
  • Turn your thermostat down a little. Keeping you thermostat between 68 and 70 degrees can significantly reduce your energy bill. For tips on staying warm without turning up your thermostat read this article.
  • Close heating vents in seldom used rooms. Why heat rooms you don't spend time in?
  • Take advantage of the sun. Open the curtains on south-facing windows during the day, when the sun is shining. Keep them closed to keep heat in when it’s not.

    

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