With the weather so cold outside, we all want the inside of our homes to be nice and toasty but there are a few things you should consider before hiking up your thermostat. Being aware of the way systems work inside your home can help you save a lot of money on your utilities this winter (and in the summer as well)! Follow these tips and you will be warm inside but also doing your part to conserve energy and save money. Over the winter, you will be surprised by how much you save. If you do the same in the summer and for years to come, there is a potential to save thousands.
Resisting the Urge to Drastically Increase Your Thermostat Temperature
The first step to decreasing your energy consumption, as well as your utility bill, is to resist the urge to increase the temperature in your home. This may sound like a crazy idea but the fact is that your system can only work so fast. By increasing it to a temperature in the upper 70’s, you will not make your system work faster to get to the temperature. You are only making it work harder and therefore, using more energy and costing you more money. Instead, you should increase your thermostat temperature to somewhere in the mid to upper 60’s. This way, your system can work in short bursts to gradually increase your internal temperature. Also, once it gets to that temperature inside your home, it has to work less often to maintain it. If you find that it is still too cold inside for you, try increasing it a few degrees to somewhere around 72.
Cutting Down Costs With Natural Options
Another way that you can cut down on heating costs is by using other methods. This could be that you use your fireplace to generate warmth in your. Unfortunately, not everyone has a fireplace but it is a good method if you do have one. Another way you can cut down on spending for utilities is if you live in an apartment complex. If you have an interior unit, your apartment will use some of the warmth other systems are generating. Because of this, your system will not have to work as hard and you can set yours to a lower temperature. This is just one of the benefits of apartment living.
There are many tips that you can use to stay warm this winter without breaking your bank. For more, you can check out Columbia Utilities on Facebook. They post helpful information every day.