Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Saving Money With Your Thermostat
So far this winter I feel like we have been lucky. The weather seems to be more mild than last year. There is definitely less snow. There has been some bitterly cold days though and I am sure there are more to come. Here are a few ways to save a little money by adjusting your thermostat.
Turn the thermostat down if you leave the house. If we are gone for the day we turn our heat down to 64 degrees. If we are gone for more than a day we turn it down lower. If you have a cat or other pet you will want to make sure you take them into consideration before turning the temperature too low.
Try gradually reducing your temperature during the day. Reduce it by 1 degree and try it for few days. You may find out that you can lower it another 2 or 3 degrees and still be comfortable. We have gotten accustomed to 67 degrees. I use to have it at 70. Wear a sweater or extra pair of socks if you get chilled.
Turn the heat down at night while your asleep. Use extra blankets to keep warm. By lowering your heat 5-10 degrees at night you could save 5-10% off your heating bill. A programmable thermostat comes in really handy for this. You can set it to lower after your in bed and set it to turn the heat back up before you awake.