5 Thermostat Tips for Saving Money in Fall and Winter
Energy bills are still rising and your wallet is probably already feeling the pinch as we head into the colder months. You’ll be happy to know that you can reduce heating bills without compromising comfort by simply making some changes on how you operate your thermostat. Here are a few tips to get you started:
Lower the Thermostat
You can save a lot of money over the fall and winter season by setting your thermostat as low as is comfortable, preferably 68 degrees or lower. Be sure to wear sweaters, socks, or long pants around the house to stay comfortable. Lower the thermostat even further by 10-15 degrees when you are out of the house as no one is using it, as well as during the night since you’re more likely to be wrapped in thick blankets and pajamas. Plus, cooler temperatures have been found to improve the quality of sleep one can get at night. Combining these two tips will save you between 5% and 15% on heating costs. An important exception to this rule is if the weather is actually freezing, during which the thermostats should be set to at least 72 degrees.
Don’t Turn Off Your Thermostat
If you turn off your thermostat when you leave the house, the energy needed to get your house back to a comfortable temperature will be more than what it will consume if you had just set it as recommended above.
Take Advantage of Cheap Heating
There are several ways you can help out your thermostat to heat up your home. For starters, open curtains of south-facing windows during the day and allow the sun to naturally heat your home. Remember to close them at night to keep the heat inside. However, if your area doesn’t experience much sun in fall and winter, keep the curtains/blinds closed to keep heat from escaping outside.
Secondly, you can take advantage of the heat generated from cooking. For instance, open the door of your oven when you’re done cooking to let the heat escape into the rooms.
Install a Smart Thermostat
A smart thermostat is one of the most useful pieces of smart homes technology that you can buy. It allows you to set temperatures and even control it remotely via a phone, smart speaker, or other internet-connected devices, thus allowing you to achieve the highest energy savings and performance. But perhaps the biggest feature is their ability to learn your adjustment habits. Over time, they can learn when you are home or away and how warm you like your home to be at different times of the day and set schedules that save the most energy.
Secondly, they will allow you to view usage history. And, with this information, you will be able to make smart decisions that will help you improve your energy-efficiency and savings.
Last, but not least, most smart thermostats allow for room-to-room temperature control, so you only heat the rooms you’re using rather than the whole house.
Ensure Your Thermostat Is Installed In the Right Area
Proper placement of your thermostat is everything as certain locations can mess up with how it works, thus causing it to run longer than it needs to. Your thermostat can’t heat up your room(s) properly if it’s getting mixed information from its environment. For instance, if you place it next to an entryway, it will read a cold blast of air every time the door opens. It will then turn on the heat thinking that the temperature has dropped, thus consuming unnecessary energy.
It’s best to place your thermostat away from the windows, doorways, vents, other appliances, kitchen, and other places that might send confusing information.
It’s important to note that all these thermostat tips will only work in an energy-efficient home. It may be difficult to save on heating costs if there is air leakage in your home that lets heat escape and cold air enter. So, check for cracks, gaps, drafts, and leaks to ensure your home is more energy-efficient.