Your heating naturally works overtime during winter to keep you warm and cozy at home. Once the energy bill arrives, however, you may feel the frustration. Heating can take up a large chunk of your energy expenditure during the cold months. You will have to do everything to save up and reduce your energy consumption without letting the winter cold in.
Maintain or Fix Your Furnace
You can start with your furnace. Have you maintained it recently? Whipple Service Champions suggests that you ask professionals to maintain your furnace to make sure it operates at optimum energy efficiency. You can also have it repaired for any issues it may have. When you have a decades-old furnace, however, you may want to consider replacing it with a new, energy efficient model.
Other than your furnace, you may want to upgrade your thermostats. Built-in thermostats only measure the temperature of their surrounding area. Smart thermostats, however, can provide accurate temperature readings wherever you place them in your home. You can even monitor your energy consumption using these devices.
Lower the Temperature
The Environmental Protection Agency suggests that you lower your thermostat by eight degrees when you sleep in the evening. You consume less energy in this way while staying warm throughout the night. You can also turn off your heating in parts of your home that you seldom use. When you leave the house, you can even set your thermostat to ease up on the heating.
Other Energy-Savings Tweaks
Lowering your energy bills is also possible by tweaking other energy-consuming devices in your home, not just your heating system. For instance, you can lower the temperature of your water heater. You can also wash your clothes in cold water. Unplug all electronic devices or appliances when not in use.
With all the tweaks above, you may be happier once you see your energy bill next time. You can be comfortable in your warm home and happy with your energy savings.