In the winter months, many homeowners find themselves acutely aware of their energy costs. As the temperature outside begins to dip, temperatures inside of the home generally increase via a home’s heating system, and homeowners are stuck with a lofty utility bill. Fortunately, you can live comfortably in the winter months without an astronomical heat bill. If you are looking for ways to lower your heat bill, here are four ways to do so:
1. Open your blinds
Take advantage of the daytime hours. Natural heat from the sun’s rays is a great way to naturally add heat to a space. If you are concerned about security and your open blinds, consider opening your blinds in hard-to-reach areas at the very least. Natural light can do wonders to a home’s interior temperature
2. Go easy on your thermostat
Lowering your thermostat a few degrees may not seem like much, but it can have a big effect on your utility bill. By keeping your thermostat at around 68 degrees when you are home and lowering it by ten degrees when you are at work or sleeping, you can see a big reduction (an annual savings of around 10%) in your heating bill. An added benefit is that your HVAC system will not have to run as often or as long which will reduce overall wear and tear.
3. Bundle up
By adding another layer or by using your high utility bill as an excuse to finally purchase that warm robe, you can slash your heat costs. Wearing more clothes in the winter months is a great and effective way to reduce your heating bill without having to invest in things like space heaters.
4. Use heat sources to your advantage
One way to heat your home without having to crank up your thermostat is by taking advantage of the various things in your home that you use on a daily basis. When showering, for example, keep the bathroom door open so that the steam from the shower disperses to other rooms in the home. When you are cooking, opt for warm meals that require the use of the oven or stove. Ovens produce a lot of heat and can quickly heat a kitchen.
In order to efficiently heat your home in the winter, your HVAC system needs to be operating properly. Schedule an appointment with Cascade Mechanical today for a technician to come out for a seasonal tune-up.
Contact the experts at Cascade or Call (509) 642-6383.