23 Feb 2018
It’s going to be a long time before we will have some natural warmth in Colorado. Blistery days and bitter nights mean we will be turning up our heat until the winter thaws. So, until then, we will be spending a fair bit of money on energy bills. But, the good news is that it doesn’t have to be that way.
There are a few clever solutions to help you reduce your heating costs and boost the natural warmth in your house. Basically, what we are saying is that you can reduce your dependence on heating. So, let’s take a look.
Use film to cover patio doors and windows
Experts say that around 25% of the heat inside your home escapes through your windows and doors. You can combat this by simply covering those areas with plastic film. This simple trick can save you up to almost 14% on your heating bills. Working as an insulator, the plastic film keeps the heat in and the cold out. Plus it’s very affordable. You can buy a 62×84 sheet for just about $6. It’s also very easy to apply and remove.
Turn it down a notch
This is probably the simplest solution of all – just turn down your thermostat by a notch or two. You see, most people tend to keep their homes warmer than necessary. Turning down the thermostat by a few notches isn’t going to cause the temperature inside to drop drastically. In other words, you won’t freeze to death because the temperature drops a degree or two. However, it will have a fairly significant impact on your energy bill.
The best time to do this is when you’re going to bed because that’s when you’re least likely to notice the drop, especially when you’re already cuddled up under a blanket.
Switch on the fan
This might sound counterintuitive, but switching on your fan can actually improve the heating inside your home. However, the trick is to make it run in a clockwise direction. Typically, fans are “programmed” to run in a counter-clockwise direction. This is how they circulate cool air.
However, when you run it in the clockwise direction, the fan “sucks” up the room air and brings down the warm air. You see, hot air rises, so the air going up is always warm and the fan, when moving in a clockwise direction, brings the same warm air down.
For best effect, use a low-speed setting.
Get an energy audit done
If you follow the above-mentioned tips and still can’t seem to reduce your heating, it is time to get an energy audit done. Performing an audit will help you identify where your home is wasting energy. Once you know where the problem lies, you can make the necessary adjustments to boost efficiency. Call Piper Electric for an audit today!