You’re not obliged to heat the whole neighborhood you know? To save, heat only parts of the house you most use.
The cold season is here so expect utility bills to go up. In New England, families were reported to have paid more than $500 a month. How much are you expecting to pay in your area?
It’s only normal for utility bills to increase during winter. Fortunately, simple and inexpensive ways of conserving energy can be done.
Please read on.
1. Reset the heater when out of the house or when sleeping
According to Energy.gov, energy is saved by resetting the thermostat when not needed. We can turn it down even to 10°.
We used to think it would require more energy to increase heat up after being turned down right? Welp, that’s a misconception, the Department of Energy would say. Here’s their explanation: DOE explanation
When sleeping, just use more blankets and clothing. You can set back thermostats to 15° for 8 hours as you sleep. In return, you can save 5%-15% on heating bills per year.
2. Block heat exits
- Gapes – Inspect windows and ceilings. Warm air will surely escape through those.
- Fireplaces – Keep fireplace dampers and vents closed. Warm air will rush out through it. Traditional fireplaces are not good says Jonathan Scott in one article. Making a fire will suck heat up the chimney and out of the house.
- Door frame gaps – Try putting your hands or a candle near door seams. If you fill cold air, it means warmth is being lost.
- Sill plates
- Clothes dryer –You know dryer vents are just thin pieces of metal right? They should be installed with dryer vent seals.
3. Use fans briefly
Did you know kitchen exhaust fans suck warm air out quickly? Kept running for an hour, a house’s warmth would be decreased significantly.
The DOE advises to use exhaust fans momentarily only.
4. Use ceiling fans to keep in warmth
As you know warm air goes up. In winter, a ceiling fan running SLOW will push warm air down. Makes sense right?
The US department of Energy certainly thinks so. Ceiling fan’s effect
5. Shorten shower time
How long do you shower? Does it take you more than 30 minutes?
You can cut heating cost by 30% by shortening shower time!
According to Pacific Gas and Electric Company, water heating consumes much energy. Imagine if the whole family showered for 15 minutes instead of 30? Everyday, you’ll be cutting on expenses.
6. Maximize the use of heating vents
Make sure heating vents are not blocked by furniture. Anything that’s near it will absorb heat. Also, it doesn’t allow proper heat circulation.
7. Use hot water bags
Practical women worldwide discovered hot water bags work great under blankets.
At night, they turn down thermostats to low setting. 1 hot water bag is placed on the foot part. Another is placed near beside you.
Just keep the lid covered tight OK?
Michael Bluejay says, boiling 6 cups of water consumes 0.3 kWh of electricity. Inside hot water bags, their heat can last for hours.
Heaters on the other hand, consume so much more energy. Every minute, that energy keeps being spent. Bills eventually increase.