Utility Bill Savings: 4 Easy Steps To Save Money
Utility Bill Savings: What are the Best Temperatures to Save on Your Utility Bill?
The quick fix for comfort on the Texas Gulf Coast is beating the heat with a crank of the thermostat dial to turn down the temperature! Life is good, and its instant gratification as your home cools to a comfortable new temperature that feels great. But, that feeling becomes painful when your energy bill arrives showing a huge increase in electricity usage, resulting in a high utility bill.
This cyclic conundrum plagues homeowners as they deal with summer temperatures while balancing their energy consumption. Finding temperature ranges that keep your home comfortable without raising your expenses is difficult to balance.
The US Department of Energy has identified optimal energy-saving temperatures for your home that we have outlined to keep your home comfortable without raising your utility bill.
#1 Nighttime and Nights Out Are a Great Time to Conserve Energy
While you are sleeping or away from the house are great times to conserve energy. Although it is a great feeling to walk into a nice, cool home during a summer night, it is also a great time to give your AC system a break. By raising your indoor temperature just 7 to 10 degrees when you leave the house for a few hours, you will be able to save up to 10% on your cooling bill.
#2 Programmable Thermostats Can Save You Money
Programmable thermostats allow you to schedule changes in your home’s temperature at times when you will be away and in the evening. You can set your programmable thermostat to warm or cool your house prior to your arrival back home or before you wake up in the morning.
The U.S. Department of Energy recommends that you keep your home at 78 degrees in the summer, and 68 degrees in the winter.
#3 Research the Optimal Temperatures that Meet Your Family’s Needs
Testing your family’s temperature during the summer can lead to reduced energy bills.
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers has stated that people are most comfortable between 73 and 79 degrees in light clothing. Your family may not even notice a 4-degree temperature change if it occurs within this range.
#4 Be Creative in Staying Comfortable
Using innovative techniques in reducing your utility bills is a great way to enjoy reduced energy bills. Here are some ideas:
- Make use of fans
- Keep blinds closed to block the sun
- Stay hydrated
- Wear lightweight clothing
- Dress in layers, wear socks and blankets
- Make sure doors and windows are properly sealed
- Rugs can retain heat from escaping through the floor
Enjoy the Utility Bill Savings:
While these techniques do not sound like much, the utility bill savings will add up over time.
If the savings are not worth it to you, having this information will at least help you feel more in control of your HVAC bills and allow you to make more informed decisions about your heating and cooling usage.
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