Do you find yourself in a tug of war with your spouse on determining the perfect temperature for your home? If you are on “Team Put on a Sweater,” here is an article you can share with your spouse. It’s hardly a surprise that “turning down the thermostat” is the number one way you can save money on your energy bills this winter. Keep reading for other tips.
1. Turn down the thermostat.
It’s hardly rocket science. If your furnace doesn’t turn on as much, you will pay less to run it. But do you know how much you can save by turning down your thermostat just one degree?
According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, you can save about three percent on your monthly bill by reducing your thermostat’s setting by just one degree. Tell your spouse who is on “Team Turn Up the Heat” that you will put that savings into an account to pay for a trip to Tahiti next February.
2. Insulate your attic door.
On a blustery day, visit your attic door. Do you feel a cool breeze entering into your home? The rest of your attic may be well insulated, but what about the door? Visit this webpage from energy.gov that will teach you how to make an Attic Stair Cover Box.
While you are working on this project, you might want to check out the rest of the insulation in your attic. The Department of Energy recommends that homeowners use at least 12 to 15 inches of fiberglass or cellulose insulation to cover the space.
3. Purchase insulated curtains.
There are two benefits of using insulated curtains in your bedroom at night. First, they create a cave-like atmosphere perfect for ideal sleeping. Second, insulated curtains help keep cool breezes from entering your bedroom.
Don’t forget to open your curtains in the morning, so the solar energy heats your space.
4. Turn off the bathroom and kitchen fans.
While bathroom and kitchen fans are essential for ridding your house of stinky odors, don’t forget to turn off the fans when the smells are gone. Along with removing smells, bathroom and kitchen fans also get rid of a lot of warm air in your house.
5. Change your furnace filter.
A clogged furnace filter means that your furnace can’t work efficiently. If the furnace can’t work efficiently, it won’t last as long.
Lower your monthly payments and increase the life of your furnace by changing your filter often.
6. Have Schomburg Heating and Cooling service your furnace.
Make sure your furnace is running efficiently by having service technicians examine it once a year. Call Schomburg Heating and Cooling to schedule a furnace check in the Kansas City area. We work on all major brands of furnaces and heat pumps, and our service area covers the entire Northland.
A furnace running at its peak performance will save you money on your monthly energy bills. Call Schomburg today to schedule a service appointment.