As winter brings chilly months, you’ll need to adjust your home to be sure you and your family are comfortable while still saving money on your electricity bill. So before you turn that thermostat all the way up, take a look at these tips to keeping your home warm while saving on your electric bill.
Set The Thermostat and Leave It
Stopping yourself from constantly adjusting the thermostat to fit your perfect temperature can actually save you a nice amount of money. Think about setting the heat to the high 60s or low 70s to make the house around room temperature and then use things like space heaters or slippers to help keep you and your family warm in the chilly months ahead.
Getting a programmable thermostat installed can also help you reduce your electricity bill, and not only in the winter but year-round! With one of these handy appliances, you can program it to change the temperature when you are usually away from home or sleeping so you can forget about adjusting the heat when it’s time to go to work or sleep!
Check for Drafts and Install Storm Windows
Warm air can easily seep out of your home and cold air can easily seep in, leaving you still cold even though the heat may be on full blast! Now’s a great time to fully check the inside and outside of your home for any gaps and cracks, paying close attention to any doors and windows! Insulate your attic door to be sure air isn’t getting in or escaping that way and remember to close the dampers on your chimney when it isn’t in use, so your heat isn’t going straight up and out of your home!
Installed inside and outside of your windows, storm windows put an extra layer of protection between your household and the outside elements! These can also help reduce the extremity of colder temperatures, meaning one less trip to mess with the thermostat.
Put Those Ceiling Fans in Reverse
Ceiling fans aren’t only good for circulating cool air, and creating a breeze in the room, because when you put the blades in reverse, it draws the air up, helping warm air move away from the ceiling so it can surround you instead. Most ceiling fans have a switch near the light bulb area to reverse the way these blades spin, making an easy and affordable way to cut that bill down some.
Take into Account Holiday Decorations
If you’re one to go all out during this season, the added lights to the home can start racking up the electricity bill! One way of doing this is by making sure your lights are LED lights, as they consume less power than normal light bulbs. Setting a schedule for your lights inside and outside your home can also help reduce the bill. Think of setting a timer to help you remember to turn the lights off or buy smart power strips that can help you program when it’s on and when it’s off.
Need help installing that new thermostat or wanting an electrical safety inspection, give us a call at Colvin Electric for your commercial and residential electrical needs in the Pflugerville, Texas Area!