‘Tis the season to be jolly and hemorrhage money and Carmine’s wants to help you find some winter energy savings. The first few winter utility bills can be a bit startling, but luckily there are a few things you can do to help offset the cost. December is a painfully expensive so a little help here and there really adds up.
Make sure you are using your programmable thermostat to the fullest. Most people have the temperature set to a particular number in which they feel their home is most comfortable, but does your home need to be at your most comfortable temperature if you are not even home? Or, even if you are home, but you sleep under multiple blankets? Nope, it does not. If you are not at home you can turn the thermostat down a little bit. Not completely off – you must keep the air inside your home above 55 so your pipes don’t freeze and we are not trying to have you live in an igloo. If you normally set it between 69 -72 and you lower it several degrees before you leave home. It will start to add up as savings for you.
- Change or clean your air filter. Dirty air filters mean less efficiency and higher bills. You know this already…now go change it.
- Be stingy with when you use bath/kitchen fans. Both of these pull heat and humidity that you have already paid for out of your home. The moment you don’t need them any more turn them off.
- Work your blinds and curtains. We all know someone that never opens their blinds are curtains…or maybe it’s you…(I hope it’s not you)…but if it is start opening them in the daylight and let the sun help warm things up a bit and then keep them closed at night.
- Keep an eye on the fireplace. There is nothing better than a nice warm fire on cold night and they can certainly help warm up your home, but be mindful on how much humidity is being pulled out of the air. When the air inside your own is cold and dry it makes you want to turn up the thermostat. A little bit of humidity in the air helps it feel warmer.
This holiday season save money by working our energy saving tips. If you have trouble with any of your heating and plumbing needs give Carmine’s a call at 203-791-8089.