Between holiday guests and shorter, colder days, electric bills tend to climb in the winter. Save when the temperatures drop with these five tips:
Lower your thermostat to 68 degrees – Decreasing the temperature by just one degree can save up to 5 percent on heating costs. A programmable thermostat makes it easy to control temps when you’re away.
Adjust blinds and curtains – Keep them open to let in sunlight during the day and close them at night to keep heat inside and protect from drafts.
Seal and insulate – This is the best way to keep heat in and air out. Areas that may need sealing include corners, cracks, door frames, and windows.
Free your vents – HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems will have to work twice as hard if rugs, furniture, or doors block vents. Keep vents clear for proper airflow.
Keep food cool – Don’t make your fridge work too hard. A temperature set between 34 and 37 degrees Fahrenheit is usually sufficient.
Something to Consider…
All too often, homeowners have the wrong size HVAC system. It’s called “Goldilocks Syndrome.”
- If the unit is too large, it runs frequently in short bursts, never running at maximum efficiency. It also results in uneven heating and cooling areas. In warm climates, it may mean humidity is not eliminated and mold and mildew can result.
- If the unit is too small, it is constantly running to meet the demand. Parts wear down prematurely and your utility bills are needlessly higher.
- A unit that is properly sized using detailed load calculations leads to the “just right” fitting which results in optimum efficiency, comfort, and reduced electric bills.