With the season comes colder weather and more cold toes calling for warmth. Though, we try to ride out autumn for it’s ups and downs of temperatures, at some point you hit your breaking point. Let’s just call it like it is…The Heat is On!
Whether you rent or you own your home, utilizing energy saving tips will also save you money. Future generations, environmentalists: novice and advanced, and of course your pocket book will thank you.
Heating your home usually makes up about 48% of your utility bill, energy and dollar wise. When utilizing your central heat and air, one of the best, economical investments is a programmable thermostat. Being able to set your thermostat accordingly for different times of the day will save you time, energy and money. A good rule of thumb is to keep your thermostat as close to the outside temperature as possible since it takes less effort from your heating/cooling system to maintain the temperature. Of course, the object of heating and cooling your home is to keep you and your family comfortable as well, so finding a balance to this rule of thumb is key. Other great tips to save energy and money while using your staying warm:
Of course, having and utilizing optimum heating and cooling equipment to the best of your ability is a great step forward in the balance of making your home comfortable and saving energy and money. Looking at the whole house, though, including your habits will get you even further.
In the colder months:
Take it a step further by contacting your local energy company to complete an energy efficiency evaluation. They can offer personalized tips to make your home more energy efficient such as attic insulation tips and checking for household leaks. According to Energy.Gov, by combining proper equipment maintenance and upgrades with recommended insulation, air sealing, and thermostat settings, you can save about 30% on your energy bill while reducing environmental emissions. The bottom line is by saving energy, you save money, period.
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