Tips to keep energy bills down during the coldest time of the year
Jan. 23, 2013 –– When it’s six degrees outside and you’ve just come in from the bitter cold, it’s natural to want to turn that thermostat way up so that you can warm up. However, your body temperature isn’t the only thing that tactic will raise; it wastes fuel and will also raise your heating bill. There are a variety of ways that you can maintain a comfortable temperature without paying big time bucks for your heating this winter.
“There’s a reason a lot of people from the Hudson Valley fly to Florida for the winter,” said Paul Nebrasky, President of Nebrasky Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. “The temperatures here can get rather frigid, and for those of us who are not fortunate enough to live in a warmer climate three to four months out of the year, the simple solution seems like it would be to turn up the heat, but that only wastes fuel and raises your bill.”
Nebrasky recommends these energy and money-saving tips:
- Make sure the thermostat reading is accurate. If your thermostat is located in a drafty area, on an outside wall or too close to anything that produces heat, it will produce a false reading.
- If you’re going on vacation or won’t be home for a few days, turn the thermostat to a lower setting. This will save money and prevent energy from being wasted.
- Consider a thermostat timer (programmable thermostat) to save fuel and money. Turn it down to a lower setting while no one is home, and set it to a normal temperature an hour or two before you expect to return home, and down again overnight. This will keep your bills down by saving energy when no one is home and overnight while sleeping.
- If you’re having a large group of people over, turn the temperature down shortly after everyone arrives. People generate heat, and a large group of people will raise the temperature.
- Close draperies over large windows and glass doors to prevent heat loss. The draperies will block the cold from permeating through the room, thus keeping the temperature at the desired level.
- Consider a draft guard on any doors that lead to the outside or unheated areas. This will block the flow of cold air and keep it from entering inside and disrupting the temperature.
“You shouldn’t have to pay in excess just to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home,” said Nebrasky. “Following these simple tips will reduce energy and save money, and that makes everyone happy.”