Fall is in full swing, and that means the weather is only going to get colder from here on out. With this change in temperature comes a change in how you use your thermostat, as well as a change in your energy bill.
But staying warm doesn’t have to mean paying out the nose for heating costs! There are some things you can do to save money on your heating bill and still stay warm when the fall weather starts to dip into the chill zone.
Here are some fall money-saving tips, including how to adjust your thermostat setting to save money.
Program your thermostat
When nobody is home, do you really need to keep the house warm? Especially if everyone’s out during the day, there’s no reason to keep the heater running all the time. If you have a programmable thermostat, it might make sense for you to have it turned down during the day and have it kick on just before your family usually starts to arrive back home.
You can lower the thermostat by 10 or 15 degrees during the day, and the house will not get too cold. By doing this, you’ll save around 10 percent annually on heating costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. This works best if you have gas heating; if you have an electric heat pump, try lowering it less (about 3 to 4 degrees) for best results.
One type of programmable thermostat is a smart thermostat. While a programmable thermostat is nice, it requires you to actually program it yourself and change it if your schedule changes. What if the thermostat could do that for you? That’s where a smart thermostat comes into play.
These devices can be installed on your existing heating system to give you total control over your thermostat settings, even when you’re not home. They connect to the internet via your home’s wi-fi, and you can adjust the settings through an app on your phone from anywhere you have cellular or wi-fi connectivity.
Some models also have features that can sense when you’re home or away and automatically adjust the temperature accordingly. You may even be able to set it to turn on or off when you’re a certain distance from your home.
An old-school way to save money on your heating bill is to bundle up when it gets cold out. Wearing a nice, comfy sweater at home or cuddling with blankets on the couch can also allow you to turn the thermostat down a few degrees. This fall money-saving tip is not only frugal, but it can be a good excuse to get close to your partner for a movie night at home.
No matter how you choose to go about it, adjusting your thermostat setting to save money is a good idea. Not only will you be saving money, but you’ll also be using less energy, which is good for the Earth.
For more ways to save money on your fall heating costs, contact Ashley Brothers Heating & Cooling today.