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Tips for Saving Energy

Reduce your energy costs, not your comfort!

There are many ways you can reduce your home’s energy usage. And since heating your home makes up approximately half your home’s energy costs during cold weather, making your heating more efficient can help significantly.

Atlantic-Pratt Energy’s reliable heating oil delivery and expert heating system installation and service can help. We’ve also put together some important tips.

Maintain your heating system

Your home’s furnace or boiler is a significant investment. It is crucial to care for it by scheduling an annual heating system tune-up. This not only extends its lifespan, but also ensures optimal efficiency. At Atlantic-Pratt, our highly skilled service technicians are equipped with cutting-edge diagnostic tools. They will thoroughly assess and test your heating system, perform necessary cleaning and lubrication, and promptly address any required repairs. Rest assured, your heating system will receive the utmost care and attention it deserves.

Our cost-effective service plans encompass a thorough tune-up and the coverage of various repair-related parts and labor costs. You can trust us to ensure the optimal functioning of your furnace or boiler, keeping it in impeccable condition.

Upgrade your heating system

Even with regular professional maintenance, eventually you will need to replace your home’s furnace or boiler.

The experts at Atlantic-Pratt can help you choose the most energy-efficient heating system for your home. Today’s oil-fired heating systems can reach efficiencies of 90% or higher, allowing you to cut your heating costs from the first time you use yours.

Set your thermostat properly

The U.S. Department of Energy provides the following guidelines for your everyday settings:

Avoid the common mistake of setting your programmable thermostat to blast the heat or air conditioning when you arrive home, thinking it will make your home comfortable faster. It won’t! In fact, it will only waste energy and defeat the purpose of having a programmable thermostat. Instead, optimize your thermostat settings by programming it to adjust to your desired temperature 30 to 60 minutes before you plan to return home. This allows your heating system to efficiently reach the desired temperature, ensuring a comfortable homecoming.

Programmable thermostats offer the flexibility to create multiple programs tailored to different schedules. Whether it’s weekdays, weekends or vacations, you can easily customize temperature settings to suit your needs. This versatility ensures comfort and energy efficiency without compromising on convenience.

Installing a smart thermostat in your home can bring numerous benefits. With a smart thermostat, you have complete control over your home’s climate, even when you’re away on vacation! As long as you have an internet signal or WiFi connection, you can conveniently access and adjust the thermostat settings using your smartphone. Worries about forgetting to set the thermostat before leaving the house are a thing of the past.

Change the air filter regularly

If you have a forced air heating system, maintaining clean air filters is one of the simplest and most cost-effective ways to ensure optimal efficiency for your furnace. Dirty air filters allow unclean air to circulate through the heating system, leading to the accumulation of dust and dirt on furnace components. This can result in costly repairs, damage and a reduced lifespan for your furnace. It is generally recommended to replace your air filter every one to three months. However, if you have pets or individuals with allergies or other respiratory conditions in your home, more frequent replacement, ideally monthly, may be necessary.

Give the heat room to move around

To maximize the efficiency of your heating system, it is crucial to ensure that the area around forced air registers, baseboard heaters or radiators remains unobstructed. When warm air becomes trapped, it places additional strain on your heating system, resulting in increased energy consumption and higher costs. Therefore, it is important to prevent draperies, furniture or any other objects from blocking these heating sources. By doing so, you can optimize your heating system’s performance and save on energy expenses.

Get rid of drafts

One of the most cost-effective ways to maintain warmth in your home and optimize the efficiency of your heating system is by eliminating drafts. Give special attention to the base and edges of windows and doors, as these areas are prone to drafts. Neglecting drafts can result in up to a 15% increase in heating costs. By investing a few hours on a weekend to apply caulk and weatherstripping, you can effectively retain heat and keep the cold air out, ensuring a comfortable and energy-efficient home.

Upgrade your insulation

Make sure your home is adequately insulated to the proper R-value, which measures the resistance of heat flow through the insulation. The higher the R-value, the more effective the insulation is.

Here on the South Shore, the U.S. Department of Energy recommends the following R-value:

With reliable heating oil delivery from Atlantic-Pratt Energy, your South Shore home will always have the fuel it needs to keep your home safe and comfortable. Become a customer today!