As the temperatures start dropping, you want your power bill to do the same, right? Well, if you have electric heat, that might be difficult. Winter lows in Norman can get down into the 20s and 30s, meaning you’ll need to crank up the heat to stay toasty!
If you don’t want to see your electric bill go sky high to keep you and your family warm this winter, you’re in luck. We’ve got some tips for you to keep your electricity costs reasonable this winter, even as the temperatures start dropping.
1. Use a Programmable or Smart Thermostat
Upgrading your thermostat doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. The money you spend can also quickly be recouped by the cost savings you’ll enjoy on your electric bill. A smart thermostat allows you to set your thermostat to different temperatures at different times and different days.
You don’t need to keep the house too warm during the day when everyone is at work or school, so set it to drop a few degrees once everyone leaves and then warm up when it’s time to come home. You can also set it to drop overnight, as the optimal sleeping temperature is between 60 and 67 degrees, which is usually much lower than most people would set their thermostats to.
2. Install Dimmer Switches and Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs
You’re home more in the winter and it gets dark earlier. The lack of sunlight means you need artificial light more, which increases your electric bill. Try to head this off by installing dimmer switches anywhere you can and buy energy-efficient bulbs that will last (some LED bulbs are said to last 8-10 years).
3. Don’t Heat Uninsulated Rooms
Have an attic, crawlspace, or basement that is uninsulated? Shut the vents to that area and keep it closed off in the winter. Heating a room that isn’t insulated is like opening all of your doors and windows to let the warm air blow outside.
4. Seal Windows and Doors
Any time you have drafty doors or windows, your money is sneaking out through those cracks. If you can see daylight around your door frames, cold air can get in and warm air can get out.
Seal up those doors with new weather stripping and consider sealing your windows too. You can easily seal any cracks with caulk and you can also buy window insulating kits for pretty cheap at any big box or hardware store.
5. Call the Pros for A Tune-Up
A professional HVAC company can come out to make sure that your system is running efficiently, change any filters, and give you tips on how to get the most out of your system.
Proper, seasonal maintenance will keep your system running smoothly and efficiently all year long.
Keep That Power Bill as Low as the Temperature
If you want to keep your power bill low this winter, spend a few dollars to have us come out and do seasonal maintenance on your home. Not only will it extend the life of your HVAC system, but it will also identify any budding problems so they can be fixed before they become major issues.