As winter approaches, homeowners in Maryland are starting to think about how to save money on their winter heating bills. One prime determining factor on how much you’ll pay for electricity, natural gas, or heating oil is how you set your thermostat. This is no easy decision. Many households fight all winter about how warm or cold it’s going to be inside the house. However, there are a few important things you can do to keep everyone happy AND save money.
The Best Thermostat Settings
Consider the following when setting your thermostat this winter:
1. Think about investing in a programmable thermostat. This affordable device allows you to automatically adjust your thermostat settings when you go to work, go to school, or go to bed at night. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, turning your thermostat down 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours can save you 5 to 15 percent on your winter heating bill—more than paying the cost of installing the programmable thermostat in the first year.
2. Each degree saves. For every degree you turn down your thermostat, you’ll save between one and three percent on your total winter heating bill. Considering that your body can’t really differentiate between, for example 68 and 70 degrees, that’s money in your pocket!
3. Turning the thermostat up and down repeatedly wastes energy. If your household has one member who is always cold and another who is always hot, repeated fiddling with the thermostat settings can be costing you a lot of money. When your furnace has to keep running to accommodate all of the thermostat changes, it uses more energy.
4. Place your thermostat away from drafts. Another key element is the device location. Placing it near a drafty window or door can cause your furnace to run more than necessary and the rest of your home to be too warm.
Ultimately, what setting you decide to choose for your thermostat is a personal choice. However, by investing in a programmable thermostat and/or being smart about how you set and maintain your home’s temperature, you can save enough energy to add a couple of degrees of heat without raising your heating bill.
Thermostat Installation in the Maryland and DC Area
To learn more about keeping your Maryland or DC area home warm this winter, contact Michael Bonsby HVAC & Plumbing at 301-990-7970. We have been helping homeowners all over the region with their heating and cooling needs for more than two decades and can help you stay as warm as possible for less!