Optimizing Heating in Salt Lake City to Reduce Energy Consumption
A recent Money Talks article offers several suggestions that can help households reduce their winter heating bills. The article cites several factors that underline the need to boost the efficiency of home heating systems. Fail to prepare well, and you could end up paying a small fortune in heating bills.
More than 90 percent of American households can expect to pay more to heat their homes this winter because of higher fuel costs, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
How much more you pay between Oct. 1 and March 31 will depend on how you heat your home.
- Homes that heat with natural gas are expected to pay an average of $679 this winter – up 13 percent from the previous year.
- Homes heated with propane can expect a 9 percent increase, to $1,666.
- If you use electric heating, your costs are projected to nudge up 2 percent, to $909.
- If you use heating oil, your costs are expected to dip 2 percent, but you’ll still pay a whopping $2,046 on average.
Cost-conscious Salt Lake City locals will certainly be displeased at the prospect of having to pay extra to keep their homes warm and comfy during winter. However, homeowners don’t have to pay an arm and a leg to enjoy sufficient warmth if they can optimize their heating systems.
To ensure that your heater is indeed energy efficient, you need to clean and maintain it as often as necessary. Take note that dirt buildup can put a significant strain on your heating system, thus, forcing the device to expend more energy while in operation.
Replace dirty and worn-out filters, seal any cracks where hot or cold air could seep through, and ensure that heater pipes and ductwork are adequate insulated to keep your energy expenses from ballooning.
Although heating system maintenance may seem simple enough on paper, you certainly wouldn’t want to dabble in this task and risk damaging your heater unless you’ve got the necessary training and tools to. It is simply more sensible to leave the job in the capable hands of heating repair professionals.
(Article Excerpt and Image from 15 Low-and No-Cost Ways to Reduce Your Winter Energy Bill, Money Talks News, October 18, 2013)