Let’s face it, we’re not exactly known for our bitterly cold and blizzard-like weather. Okay, well there were a handful of days as an exception last year, but normally, this isn’t something we have to deal with a whole lot.
So when winter does roll around and you want to save some money on energy costs, you may be tempted to use your heater as little as possible–only when it’s really cold. But what if we told you that it’s possible to use your heater, stay comfortable, and do so affordably? It IS possible. Read on to learn how.
Use a Programmable Thermostat
Using a programmable thermostat properly is maybe the simplest way to cut back on your utility bills. Modern programmable thermostats can allow you to make different schedules for night and day time, and for when you are home versus when you aren’t.
You could even take it a step further and invest in a smart thermostat that enables you to change the temperature no matter where you are, using your smartphone or mobile device. With this, you can check-in and even adjust the temperature while you’re at work, making adjustments as needed.
Lower the Temperature
If you are really trying to cut back on your energy bills, you may need to take a look at how you’re setting your thermostat. The Department of Energy recommends that you set the thermostat to about 68°F if you want to save. Lowering it even more when you’re not home or while you’re sleeping (and can stay toasty under blankets instead) will help conserve even more energy as your heater won’t have to run as long or as often to keep you warm.
Take Advantage of Other Heat Sources
We would never advocate for using something like your electric-powered oven as your primary heat source, as this could be dangerous. However, if it’s a cold day, and you have a hearty meal you’ve been thinking of cooking, now is the time!
This is a great way to bring a little extra heat into the home so you can adjust the thermostat down a few degrees so your furnace doesn’t have to run as long.
If you don’t have small children or pets, then after you’re done cooking and the oven is cooling off, open the door and let the heat dissipate into your home!
Change the Air Filter
There’s a common misconception that the air filter that comes with an HVAC system is in place to protect a home’s indoor air quality. But it’s actually there to protect the interior components of the HVAC system itself. If it gets too clogged up, it restricts airflow and basically causes the system to work harder than it should have to in order to heat or condition your home.
This air filter should be changed every 1-3 months, depending on the type of filter and the level of contaminants in your home.