Yes, we said it: THIS winter. It’s coming! And if you’re tired of seeing your energy bills shoot up every year, you’re probably looking for ways to improve your energy efficiency to save a couple bucks here and there. Well, you’ve come to the right place!
Lower the temperature on your water heater – water heating typically accounts for about 25 percent of your energy bills each month. Lowering the temperature on your water heater from 130 F to 120 F will save you a considerable amount of money without compromising your ability to heat water.
Lower your thermostat – did you know you can save as much as 4 percent per degree when you lower your thermostat during the winter? If you think this sounds easy, you should consider installing a programmable thermostat – it will help you save money without even thinking about it!
Buy a programmable thermostat – installing a programmable thermostat is the easiest and most effective way to save money on your heating costs this winter, short of replacing your whole HVAC system! You can set the times and temperatures that you want and you don’t have to change it every time you get home or leave. A smart thermostat gives you even more ways to save money. Go on vacation and forget to set back your thermostat? With a conventional thermostat, it will still run at the set temperature, meaning you are spending money to heat your home while no one is there! With a programmable thermostat you can remotely connect to it and set it to “vacation mode” or turn the unit off!
Use your ceiling fans – there should be a switch on your ceiling fan – flip it, and your fan will spin clockwise. During the winter, the clockwise spinning will push warm air near the ceiling down along the walls, creating a warm breeze in your home that will make you feel comfortable, even at a lower thermostat setting.
Seal up gaps in your windows and doors – every winter, windows alone are responsible for 20 percent of all heat loss in your home. This year, seal up gaps around your windows, doors and even electrical outlets (or hire a contractor to do it for you!). This will help keep your warm air in and your bills manageable.
Managing your HVAC system can save you a lot of money on your energy bills. If you have more questions about installing programmable thermostats or other ways that you can save money this winter, including furnace maintenance in Maryland, contact Michael Bonsby Heating & Air Conditioning today!