Written on: December 27, 2021
Saving money on your fuel bills can be easy if you know how. With some simple tweaks, you can reduce your monthly energy bills without much effort or investment. Whether you use propane, heating oil, electricity, or a combination, it all comes down to energy efficiency. Below, we will discuss some of the top ways to get the most bang for your buck when it comes to your energy costs.
Certain fuels have perks with regard to heating efficiency. For instance, propane lets off a warmer heat, and so the air deployed by a propane heater tends to be warmer from the get-go and can keep your home warmer, longer – when comparing the same “amount” of heat dispensed by a heater that uses a different source of power. Switching to a propane heating system for your whole home is one easy way to start making a dent in those energy costs since most homeowners say their heating costs are their greatest energy bill. If you already have a propane heating system, upgrading to propane appliances over time can also make a difference.
Choosing energy-efficient appliances is another good idea for those who want their energy usage to be reduced, without having to make many changes in their day-to-day routine. Most appliances, from dishwashers to washers and dryers, have an energy-efficient option on the market. While these appliances may cost a little more upfront, they will surely pay off in terms of the money you can save on energy bills.
Some upgrades that can increase efficiency in your home – like solar panels – require more of an investment, but you can reduce the “lost” heat you’re already paying for with some easy fixes. The colder months bring about the largest heating bills, and included in that expense is the energy you pay for but don’t get to enjoy. Heat escapes our homes through cracks and gaps, poorly insulated attics, basements, and crawl spaces, low-quality or uncovered windows, neglected seals and weather stripping, and other hidden energy escape hatches that you may never even think about.
By addressing these defects with some inexpensive caulk, new weather stripping, heavy window coverings, basic insulation, and the like, you can make an impact on your energy bills without much trouble at all.
Newer technologies bring about increased energy efficiency, for less cost. One of the best examples of this is a programmable or smart thermostat. These special thermostats used to cost a pretty penny and were a luxury some couldn’t afford. Today, there are many affordable models on the market, and they pay for themselves quickly, with the money you’ll save by using the technology that can reduce your energy requirements when you’re not home to benefit from the heat, for instance.
There are several steps you can take that can reduce your energy usage and related costs for specific time periods, if you are able to plan ahead. Some examples include:
For more than 100 years, Williams Energy has been the leader in fuel delivery to South Shore homes and businesses. Our customers know that they can count on us for safe, reliable propane, heating-oil, and commercial-fuels delivery, as well as plumbing and electrical service and equipment installation, maintenance, and repairs. We’re here when you need us!