SACRAMENTO, Calif., Feb. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Various local residents are concerned about their high utility bills following the recent gas line leaks in East Folsom. Gilmore Heating, Air, Solar offers tips to homeowners and renters on how to be energy smart and bring utility bills down.
"Most people expect higher utility bills during winter because they're running the furnace to stay comfortable and warm inside their homes," said Darrin Gilmore, general manager of Gilmore Heating, Air, Solar. "We don't know whether the recent gas line leaks and the reported higher utility bills are related, but there are a lot of things that people can do to save energy and spend less on utilities during the cold winter months."
Gilmore recommends doing these six things to save energy and keep utility bills low.
- Clean the furnace filter. The first thing to do is to clean or replace the furnace filter more often at this time of year. A dirty filter blocks up airflow causing the furnace to work harder, which draws more energy.
- Seal up doors and windows. Cold air leaks into the home through all the overlooked cracks and gaps around the windows, doors, plumbing, and wiring. Consider having a home energy audit to help you detect where all those leaks are.
- Run the indoor fans. If you have fans inside your house, let them run at a low speed. This helps to move air around the room and eliminate cold spots in the corners.
- Have the furnace checked by a professional. The HVAC system is a complex system. If it doesn't work, you'll get cold fast. Worse yet, a malfunctioning furnace could lead to greater damage and a more expensive repair. An HVAC professional will make sure that the system runs as efficiently as possible, saving you money.
- Get a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat lets you set the temperature for various times in the day so that your furnace turns on to warm up your house just before you wake up, and it shuts off to save on energy when everyone is asleep.
- Turn down your thermostat and water heater if you're going away. You won't need a warm home or hot water while you're away. Make sure you don't turn them OFF, just turn them down. You don't want the water in your pipes to freeze, so a bit of warmth in your house is a good thing.
For Sacramento-area residents who are interested in learning more about how to be energy smart, contact the professionals at Gilmore Heating, Air, Solar at (800) 200-9696 or visit www.gilmoreair.com.
About Gilmore Heating, Air, Solar
Gilmore Heating, Air, Solar has been serving the Sacramento area since 1979, when John Gilmore took his years of experience in designing heating and air conditioning systems and opened his own company. It was, and continues to be, a family business. The business has grown to more than 90 employees, all dedicated to the "Get More with Gilmore" motto that promises outstanding customer service with a commitment to environmental protection and community service. To find out more, visit www.gilmoreair.com or call (800) 200-9696.
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