As the winter season comes upon us, every homeowner’s concern turns to making sure his home’s heating system will be able to keep the house warm, cozy, and comfortable, even in the coldest of winter nights.
But another concern nearly every homeowner thinks about during the winter is his energy bill, and how heating price can make his electricity costs skyrocket.
And in thinking of one’s energy bill comes the guilt that every homeowner feels when it comes to worrying more about money and expenses than the comfort and welfare of their family.
But making sure your home is a warm and comfortable place doesn’t need to be at odds with wanting to make sure your energy bills don’t skyrocket. And often times, in order to do this, it is not a matter of what every homeowner can or should do, but what every homeowner should not do.
Believe it or not, the following mistakes can lead to a considerable increase in a home’s heating prices. So if you’re a concerned homeowner, read on to learn more about what you shouldn’t be doing at home if you want to keep your electric bill low and manageable.
Failing to do a thorough inspection around the house before winter
Ideally, before the cold of winter sets in, you at least go through every nook and cranny of your home to see if there are any open spaces, however small, that might let warm air generated by your heater out of the house. Leaving gaps and spaces like this open can lead to a considerable increase on your heating prices, and this is something every homeowner can easily avoid by doing a thorough inspection around the house over the weekend. Here’s an additional suggestion: why not make the inspection a family affair? Invite the rest of the family to help you inspect the house for a unique bonding experience over the weekend. When you do your inspection, give special attention to spaces around doors and windows, and make sure you can cover gaps in these areas as much as you can.
Putting the thermostat on the “ideal” setting
Adjusting the temperature on your thermostat to the best, most ideal setting is definitely tempting, but if this ideal setting is causing your electricity bill to spike at uncomfortable levels for your wallet, maybe the comforting warmth of that ideal setting isn’t worth it. Why don’t you experiment, and try adjusting the thermostat to a lower setting? It doesn’t have to be incredibly different from your ideal setting, but a few drops in the temperature can actually lead to some form of savings, or at least manage a skyrocketing power bill. And the good news is, after a while, once you and your family get used to the new setting, you won’t even be able to tell the difference from the previous one.
Not dressing appropriately for the season at home
Are you the kind of person who likes wearing as little layers of clothing as possible, because you find thick layers of clothing stifling and uncomfortable? If so, then you should be prepared to pay for higher electricity bills on account of your heating prices. But if you really want to save on your heating, pile on the layers at home, adjust the thermostat accordingly, and prepare for some awesome energy savings.