During the winter months, heating usually accounts for roughly half of your energy bill. Modern home heating can be very expensive, but we often accept the costs to stay warm during the coldest nights. If you find your heating bill becoming outrageous, you might want to check if you’re utilizing your heating system efficiently.
For all you know, you’re committing some home heating errors that are likely driving up your energy bills. Take a look at some of the possible home heating mistakes that you can correct to reduce energy consumption and lower your energy bill.
No Programmable Thermostat
There are so many benefits to having a programmable thermostat controlling every aspect of your heating system, and it boggles the mind why many still resist the idea of getting one.
Would you want the temperature inside your home to be consistent when you’re home and awake? A smart thermostat can do that. Do you want to maximize zoned heating? A programmable thermostat can do that, too, and so much more. Of course, one of the best things about having a smart thermostat is the ability to set a heating schedule keeping the home warm while everyone’s there, and reduce the temperature and energy use when you’re away from home. And combined with a Curb, a SmartThings embedded thermostat can curb your energy use when charges are highest. A programmable thermostat is one of the most cost-effective devices ever made, and it would be wise to get one as soon as you can.
Poor Home Insulation
It would be such a waste to spend money for a furnace or heat pump for warmth only to have it dissipate because the insulation in your home isn’t up to par. While it’s normal for heated air to eventually escape your home through the walls, windows, floor, doors, and the roof, you can delay the heat loss if only your home is properly insulated.
Lack of Sun Light
Do you keep your drapes, curtains, or blinds closed the entire day? If you do, then you are missing out on the kind of warmth only the sun can give for free. Even when it’s freezing outside, the sun can still provide your home some much-needed heat, helping out your heating system. When your furnace or heat pump doesn’t have to work that hard, it won’t be using much energy, which means your upcoming bill won’t be as high.
When the sun starts to disappear over the horizon, you should close the drapes so you can retain some of the heat for longer.
Turning Up the Heat at Night
It will always be colder at night, so we tend to turn up the heat to get warmer, leading to higher energy bills. What many don’t realize is that when we sleep, our body makes its own heat. With the help of heavier breathable blankets, we should be able to sleep comfortably without putting our heating system on overdrive.
Not Wearing Proper Clothing
Are you still wearing that tank top and short shorts while inside the house during the winter? No wonder you have to crank up the thermostat to stay warm. Wearing regular clothes during the colder months is kind of silly. What’s sillier, however, is the idea of wearing regular street clothes inside the house and depending heavily on your heating system to keep you warm.
How about helping out your furnace or heat pump out by wearing warmer clothing indoors? Sweaters, cozy scarves, slippers, fuzzy socks, and additional layers of clothing can keep you from shivering even when the thermostat is set a couple of degrees lower.
No Home Energy Monitor
In this day and age where there are devices that can measure just about anything in our lives, it comes as a surprise that many people still don’t bother to monitor their energy usage.
If you have a Curb home energy monitor plugged directly into your breaker panel, you’ll have access to real-time data that tells you which appliance is being an energy hog. How else would you know if your HVAC system is already taking up 90% of your energy usage for the month? With these kinds of insights, you’re empowered to take measures that will curb your runaway energy consumption and help you reduce your energy bills.
Heating your home may cost an arm and a leg, but you can prevent it from taking your other arm and leg too. Implement some of the suggestions above, and watch your heating bills drop.Tags: cooling, energy, heating, HVAC