Winter weather is approaching the banks of the Delaware River, which may have you and your family grabbing the fluffy coats, gloves, snow boots, and windshield scrapers from the closet. But when it comes to protecting your home comfort, many homeowners throughout Camden, Gloucester, and Burlington counties wonder how they can stay cozy without breaking the bank (like last year).
Here are a few tips on how to spend less on your monthly heating costs while keeping your home at the perfect temperature for you and your family.
Controlling Comfort in the Winter Months
The thermostat is like the command center of your overall home comfort level. Do you struggle with the fight over the right temperature setting? With every degree you turn up the heat, does your wallet shrink a little in fear?
Like the TV remote control, your home’s thermostat is a sought after device in most homes. So step one in saving on heating costs is to reduce the back and forth of thermostat control. If this is a particularly relevant issue for your home, consider the benefits of getting a new thermostat, like a Deluxe Pro Thermostat or Honeywell Thermostat.
One Degree of Separation
“Let me just turn the heat up a little…” can be the death of economic winter heat for some homes. But did you know that, under average heating circumstances, for every degree that you raise the thermostat setting over a period of eight hours, it adds 1% to your heating bill? Fortunately, this works both ways, so for every degree that you drop the thermostat for eight hours, you can save that 1% at the end of the billing period!
The longer you can leave your thermostat to a more economical setting, the more you will save. This doesn’t mean never turning the heat up, though. The best solution to optimizing your thermostat settings and saving on your heating costs is by customizing your home temperatures with a programmable thermostat.
With a programmable thermostat, you can set the times of the day that you don’t need your furnace to be blasting heat — which will save heating oil, energy, and furnace wear and tear for the times you really need it. With a programmable thermostat, you can set your home temps hour by hour, day by day through the week. Are you at work while the kids are at school from 8 AM to 4 PM? Set your programmable thermostat to reduce the temperature by 10º after you leave for the day. Then, before you return in the afternoon, give your furnace 45 minutes before you arrive to warm up your living space. Repeat this for Monday through Friday, and you can expect to save between 5% and 15% on your heating bill for the year!
Money-Saving Sleep Tip: WebMD recommends the best thermostat setting for your bedroom is between 65ºF and 72ºF to better regulate body temperature while sleeping. Lower your thermostat to within this range (if you aren’t already).
For some homeowners, nailing down a set schedule can be a hassle. Not to mention, some programmable thermostats can be hard to navigate. Smart thermostats are programmed to learn from your behavior, like preferred temperatures or when you are in or out of the home. Using a smart, learning thermostat can reduce furnace electricity usage by 12%, without you having to change your preferred home temperatures when you need it the most!
Want to Know How to Save Energy in the Winter? Call Anyzek!
Not only will the team at Anyzek provide the oil you need for the winter, we can also make sure your heating equipment is running in peak condition for the duration of New Jersey’s cold months. Whether your furnace is broken, or you need to replace it with an energy efficient heating system, we have the knowledge and experience to give you the answers you need. If you want to save money heating your home this year, call Anyzek!