Sometimes, you may not have recognized it, but the solution to rising electricity costs is right there in front of you. All you need to do is to identify and try getting them to work.
The biting cold is here, which means it is the start of winter. While there may be some who love cool weather in Utah, it can get real nasty at 17°Fahrenheit. At this temperature, it’s safe to assume your HVAC may be working double time to beat the cold and doing so will also definitely increase your electricity costs. Fortunately, you can still do something about your rising heating costs.
Make use of free heating
Nature offers a great amount of heating energy at daytime. This winter, try opening your window blinds and pull back your curtains to allow the heat of the sun to warm the interior of your home in Lehi. Make sure you don’t open your windows as this will also let the cold draft in. In the shady part of your home, ensure that the curtains and blinds on these sections are closed. You will notice that you will require less heating from your HVAC when you do this.
Plug the leaks
Leaks also contribute a lot to your high heating costs. Check your windows, doors, and ductwork if these areas show signs of leaks. Do this by running your bare hands slowly back and forth about a centimeter or two over the area where the ductwork, window or door frames meets the wall. If you feel some degree of cold draft in those places despite your HVAC at full power, there is definitely leakage there. Seal them with caulk or weather-stripping to keep the cold out. According to Energy Star, this can lower your heating costs by as much as 20%.
Change is not good sometimes
Change may be great in some instances, but where it concerns your HVAC’s thermostat, it may be entirely different. Did you know that if you constantly change your HVAC’s thermostat settings, this causes its motors to either suddenly slow down or speed up? A significant amount of electrical power is demanded by its motors when it abruptly speeds up or slows down. Try changing the thermostat setting at preset times. Better yet, get one of those programmable thermostats that Popular Mechanics is suggesting to automatically change the setting for you at appointed times.
You need not become a rocket scientist to find ways on how to lower your heating costs. You can implement some of these simple measures to lower your electricity bills.