During the winter season, feeling warm and cozy at home after a long day at work is very relaxing, but it can be quite expensive to leave your thermostat up all day long! According to major heating companies and suppliers, 60 % of your electricity costs come from heating. By changing a few habits and following these cost effective steps, you can save money on your energy bills and still enjoy that warm, cozy feeling.
Use a programmable thermostat
Programmable thermostats offer a series of programmed settings that help you control the temperature of your home throughout the day. You can set the programs as you wish. For example, you can lower the temperature by 10 degrees during the day if you are outside home, reduce it by 2 to 3 degrees during the night, and raise it by 2-3 degrees 1 to 2 hours before you wake up. Turning the thermostat down by 1 to 3 degrees can reduce your energy by 10% bill without altering your comfort. You will not even notice it, especially if you add an extra layer of sheets to your bed.
These thermostats can be expensive, but the money you will save will cover the cost before too long. Let’s say you buy one for $80 and you save 10% off your energy bill using the programmable thermostat. If your bill averages $250 per month, you will recoup your cost and have an extra $20 in your pocket within 4 months. If your bill typically averages $500 per month, you’ll make your money back in two months! You can even look for some incentives from heating suppliers. Some of them may reimburse a fraction of the cost.
You do not need to wear short sleeves
Some people want to feel comfortable at home, which may mean wearing short sleeves. By doing so, they typically need to increase their room temperature to stay warm! Save money and protect the environment by wearing extra layers at home.
Manage heat in under used rooms:
Adjust thermostats in under used rooms. These rooms do not need to be as heated as the other ones. However, do not turn off the thermostat completely in these rooms.
Prepare for winter by sealing
Draughts allow cold air in your home. By sealing them, you will save money on your energy bills. You can install sealant around doors and windows. Draught excluders are not very expensive.
Check your furnace
Once a year, replace your furnace filter to avoid clogging. By doing so, it will operate more efficiently and will lower your energy costs.
Install thick curtains
Thick curtains are great for decorating your home and blocking the heat! Make sure to close them at night to keep the house warm!