Heating and cooling energy bills take a lion's share of the energy consumption of most homes. Reducing your heating and cooling bills will reduce your energy consumption considerably. Since the winter season is where you are likely to see a spike in heating bills, use these tips to manage your cooling energy consumption:
Install a Smart Thermostat
A smart thermostat, especially one that you can both program and control remotely, will go a long way in preventing energy waste. With such a thermostat, you can put in your preferred settings for the whole cold season (adjusting if necessary, of course) so that the system automatically adjusts the temperature as needed. There are even smart systems that will learn your heating needs after a few days of manual inputs, and then use the information to manage your house's temperature. Smart systems that you can control even if you aren't in the house can also help you avoid unnecessarily heating your house just because you forgot to set the thermostat before setting off.
Minimize Air Loss
The loss of heated air is one of the biggest causes of energy wasted. Gaps between windows frames and walls, gaps around electrical receptacles and gaps under the door are some of the areas where heated air is likely to leave the house. At the same time, unheated air may also get into your house and make the heater work longer to heat the house. Therefore, ensure your home is properly insulated and sealed.
Service Your Heating System
When was the last time you serviced your furnace? If you haven't been maintaining a regular schedule for your heating system's maintenance, then its due for a serious servicing. A poorly maintained system will not be running optimally; for example, dust accumulation on the system may make it run hotter than it should, leading to unnecessarily high energy costs.
Make use of the Sun's Natural Heating
Lastly, you can also reduce your heating bills by making use of the sun's natural heat. During the day, open up your window coverings, especially the sun-facing ones, so that they can absorb heat energy from the sun. Close the curtains at night so that the heat can't escape outside.
As you can see, you don't have to spend all your money on heating bills just because your area is experiencing cold temperatures. If you suspect the heating system isn't as efficient as it should be, consult a heating technician from a place like Bishop Plumbing, Heating and Cooling, Inc. to diagnose any malfunction the system might have.