When there’s snow on the ground and the temperature outside is well below freezing, the last thing that you want to do is walk into your house and have to wait your HVAC unit, furnace or fireplace to warm up. Yet when you’re trying to prevent your heating bills from breaking your budget, sometimes you feel like you have to turn these things off while you’re gone in order to conserve energy.
The reality is that there are several things that you can do to keep your home at a comfortable temperature and still save money on heating costs. If you’re interested in knowing what some of those things are, we have enclosed five of them below:
Keep your thermostat set to around 73 degrees. One of the biggest mistakes that people tend to make is assuming that they have to turn their thermostatup to around 78-80 degrees during the winter season when the reality is that their home will stay pretty warm if it’s set at 73 degrees. As a matter of fact, during the nighttime hours, you can lower it to between 65-70 degrees and still not feel very chilly once you awake.
Set your ceiling fans to rotate counterclockwise. In the summertime, when you want the rooms in your house to feel cooler without spending a lot of extra money on energy costs, it’s a good idea to turn on your ceiling fans; they help to circulate the air in your house. Well, in the wintertime, because heat naturally rises, if you want to bring heat from your ceiling down closer to where you are, you can do so by setting your ceiling fans to rotate in a counterclockwise position. You’ll feel warmer and your energy costs will be cheaper.
Install a tankless water heater. When you’re trying to save money on energy costs, that includes both electricity as well as water. Well, something that you can do to decrease your water bill is to have a tankless water heater installed. They are designed to only turn on when you need hot water, which can easily save you 30-40 percent in energy costs.
Have your heating items professionally serviced. If you want your HVAC unit, furnace, fireplace and even heat pump to work at their optimal level, something that you’re going to need to do is have these items professionally serviced. A licensed technician can check your unit for leaks, clean out your furnace and fireplace and even perform some troubleshooting heat pump exercises. When things work well, this is another way to save money.
Change your bedding. There’s nothing like climbing into bed and feeling all warm and toasty. Well, you don’t have to rely on your heating unit to do that. Just by changing your bedding, you can have a wonderful night’s sleep in the wintertime. Simply change your sheets to flannel ones, add a couple of blankets and then a down comforter. With all of those things on your bed, you’re sure to feel warm no matter how cold it is outside. And the added bonus is that you didn’t have to pay hundreds of dollars in energy costs in order to make it happen. Happy winter!