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Four Ways to Save on Your Heating Oil Bills This Winter

Adjusting thermostat

Posted: November 29, 2018

As last week’s no-warning drop to single digit temperatures showed us, heating season has officially arrived here in Southern Maine and New Hampshire – and with it will come those dreaded heating bills.

Want to keep those bills as low as possible? Try these four tips.

  1. Turn your thermostat down. Want to drop your heating bill by 10 percent? Here are two easy ways to do it: Drop temperatures by 7-10 degrees for eight hours a day (when no one is home, or when people are asleep, for example), or drop the overall temperature in your house by three degrees. The best way to pull off either trick is with a programmable thermostat.
  2. Service your furnace or boiler. A heating system is like any machine – to work best, it needs regular care. Get your oil-fired furnace or boiler serviced every year and you’ll reduce the typical 5 percent drop in efficiency that typically happens when you skip an annual tune-up.
  3. Reduce drafts and air leakage. Heat escapes from all parts of your home: through your walls, roof, windows – even through your floors. Installing proper insulation and weatherizing your Seacoast home are critical to reducing the load on your heating system. Check out this link for some great air sealing tips.
  4. Consider sensible upgrades. Even a well maintained furnace or boiler will have a hard time competing with new high efficiency heating equipment when it comes to keeping you warm for less money. In fact, you could save as much as 30 percent on your annual fuel costs when you invest in a high efficiency heating system upgrade – enough to offset the cost of a new heating unit in just a few years, especially when you consider incentives and manufacturers rebates.

Keep heating bills manageable with quality high efficiency heating equipment installation and expert heating system service from P. Gagnon & Son. Contact us today to learn more!