Years as a home owner has taught me one thing: when temperatures fall, energy bills rise. Everyone like to keep their home at a nice temperature, but how much is too much? Fortunately, a study by NSTAR has brought to light quite a few ways to keep your home warm without having to deal with pesky high energy bills in the colder months.
According to NSTAR, setting your thermostat to 68 degrees when you are home and lower when you’re out of the house or in bed. 68 degrees is the optimal temperature to produce a comfortable environment while also saving money and energy. NSTAR proposes this formula to keep in mind when setting your thermostat this fall; For every degree you lower your thermostat, you save about two percent off your heating bill. Additionally, you can reduce your annual heating bills by up to 10 percent a year by turning your thermostat back 10 percent for eight hours a day.
Weatherizing your home is a great way to cut down on energy bills during the cool season. Caulking your doors and windows creates an airtight seal that keeps the heat in and the cold out. A smart home owner might even consider installing locks on their windows to create an even tighter seal. You can also insulate your basement, attic, and outer walls of your home to lock down places where warm air escapes. Cracking down an air leaks is a way to cut off another 10 percent from your annual energy bill.
Getting your heating system serviced at least once a year as well as replacing furnace filters once a month promotes a more efficient use of your energy. For homes with radiators or heating vents, make sure they are not blocked by furniture and clear of dust and debris. Using fireplaces when you can keep your whole family warm, but don’t forget to close your fireplace damper when you’re not using it. Fireplaces are one of the top areas warm air escapes the home.
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