Brett Hodgdon, PE
3 Ways to Lower Your Electric Bill
Cool weather means one big change for homeowners: Turning on the heat.
That change can mean a higher electric bill. But, don't fret. There are a few options you can take advantage of to help mitigate additional costs.
1. Check your home's insulation
Insulation is the main protection around your home that allows it to maintain a consistent temperature during both the cold and hot months. If you have poor insulation, this could lead to the warm air slipping out of your home and your HVAC system working harder to keep the interior temperature warm. Make sure you check your walls, pipes and other areas to see if they may require additional insulation.
2. Monitor your thermostat
It may be difficult to resist the urge to turn up the heat constantly, but if you can keep the temperature at a consistent level while at home, that can help large spikes and dips in heating - and pricing. While not at home, consider placing the thermostat on a cost-effective temperature while still maintaining the safety of pipes and other appliances.
3. Take a look at seals
Check on the seals around windows, doors and appliances. You'll want to make sure your refrigerator and freezer are sealing well to keep the cold air inside. For your doors and windows, you'll want to check to make sure it has a good seal to keep the warm air inside.