Tips for cutting your heating bill prices down, courtesy of Avista
SPOKANE, Wash. — The Avista Corporation has been in the business of providing power for 130 years – and they have a wealth of tips to help customers keep those heating bills low during the winter months.
According to Avista, 40-60 percent of a customer’s wintertime energy bill comes solely from heating the house. The large-scale uptick in heating across the company’s service area also means higher energy consumption and higher bills.
One of the most common sources of this high energy consumption are cold air drafts. Avista says that these air leaks can be found in virtually any home, no matter the age or type. The leaks cause warm air, and the energy used to generate it, to escape the house.
Fireplace dampers and cracks near windows and doors are the most common culprits of cold air drafts.
Even so, Avista has a few tips to help manage those energy costs:
Utilize window plastic/rope caulk: These materials are inexpensive, easy to install, easy to remove and do not require additional tools or hardware to assemble.
Install door sweeps/weather stripping: Primarily used on exterior-facing doors, the rubber stripping can prevent warm air from escaping from between the bottom of the door and the floor.
Close fireplace dampers: When the fireplace is not being used, closing the damper prevents warm air from escaping up the chimney – up to 25 percent of the heat in a home, according to Avista.
Install LED lights: Energy-efficient LED lights will produce the same amount of light as incandescent or CFL lightbulbs, but used 80 percent less electricity.
These are some of the easiest measures to take to cut those heating costs down, and for more information, visit the Avista website here.
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