Winter is in full swing and with the cold temperature comes high heating bills to keep you and your family warm. Here are a few helpful ways to lower your electric bill and potentially save you money on high heater repairs this season.
1. Monitor Degree Difference
Keep your heating system’s thermostat at a recommended setting of 68oF. You are adding 3 to 4% to your monthly electric bill for each degree you raise the thermostat above the recommended setting.
2. Stop Draft Madness
If your home is drafty, caulk around windows and weather strip around each door.
3. Use Free Sunshine
Keep your blinds or drapes open on sunny days to allow the sun to help warm your home. Then at night, draw your drapes or blinds closed.
4. Close Fireplace Damper
Your fireplace damper is like an open window when left open so be sure to close it to keep warm air from escaping.
5. Programmable Thermostat
Consider buying a programmable thermostat that will reduce the run time of your heating system.