According to a recent study by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average utility bill in Oklahoma each month is $107.60. This amount can easily fluctuate depending on the weather and the adjustments homeowners have to make to stay comfortable.
“It’s frustrating when comfort has to be sacrificed in order to maintain reasonable utility bills,” said Jon Hill, general manager of Hill & Company. “Although utility bills are not totally under our control, there are a few steps homeowners can take to make sure they are staying warm in an affordable way.”
Hill & Company, a locally-owned heating, ventilation and air conditioning maintenance and installation company, is offering the following adjustments homeowners can make to save money during the cold weather.
- Turn on your humidifier. Having a humidifier during the winter is good for multiple reasons like alleviating sinuses and keeping the air moist which helps prevent nose bleeds. Another reason humidifiers are useful is they help make the air feel warmer. This means that you don’t have to run your heater as much on a cold day. This keeps your home comfortable and your winter utility bills down.
- Program your thermostat. Keeping your thermostat at the same constant temperature is convenient, but it could be costing you money. Turning it off can leave you uncomfortable when you return home. Installing a programmable thermostat and making sure it is properly programmed gives you convenience, comfort and can save you money.
- Check for air leaking through windows and doors. According to Energy.gov, 5 to 30 percent of energy savings each year can come from sealing windows and doors that have leaks. Not only does sealing leaks save money and energy, it also makes your home more comfortable during the cold weather by preventing cold air from seeping in. Fixing leaks also keeps your heater from working overtime to heat your home.
- Check the age of your furnace. If your furnace is older, chances are it is not up to today’s efficiency standards. This means that your heater is costing you more money to run and using more energy than necessary. By having a service professional check your heater, you can determine whether or not purchasing a heater is more cost efficient and safer. Newer heaters use less energy and don’t need as much maintenance.
About Hill & Co.
Established in 1967, Hill & Company is Oklahoma’s premier heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) company. Located in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, they are a family owned and operated company dedicated to customer service and the highest standards. Hill & Company services all brands of plumbing, heating and air conditioning equipment and proudly stand behind Trane equipment, a world leader in air conditioning systems. Hill & Company has earned the designation of Trane Comfort Specialist.