Paying your gas and electric bills this winter doesn’t have to be so painful! The following tips are meant to help Lexington homeowners keep heating costs lower this season.

1. Turn down the temperature

If you keep your home heated like a sauna, you should expect high energy bills. Turn your thermostat down to generate savings this winter. You don’t have to sacrifice comfort; setting your thermostat to 68 degrees will keep your home warm and will do so efficiently. In the 60 to 70 degree range, every degree lower you go will save you as much as 5 percent in energy costs.

You’ll generate the biggest savings by keeping temperatures set back several degrees for long periods of time (8 hours or more). If you heat your home with a furnace, set your thermostat to 55 degrees while your home is empty or while you sleep; this can generate a savings of up to 20 percent of your heating costs. If you have a programmable thermostat, you can program these setbacks to occur automatically.

2. Layer up

If you find these lower temperature settings to be a bit chilly, layer up instead of turning the thermostat back up. We’re not suggesting you wear a parka indoors all the time, but try a sweater or throw, or add an extra blanket to your bed to see if your comfort can be improved before you adjust the thermostat.

3. Keep filters clean

If you forget to change your furnace filter over the winter, your heating system will consume more energy as it operates. Dirty air filters block air flow, so your furnace must expend more energy to push heated air through to your living areas. Change your air filter every one to three months, depending on the manufacturer’s recommendation.

4. Turn on the fan

Warm air rises, meaning a good portion of your heating is near the ceiling, where it doesn’t benefit you. By setting your ceiling fans to spin clockwise, this warm air will be pushed back down and redistributed through your living areas, keeping you warmer.

For more ways you can lower your heating bills, contact Climate Control today.