Most homeowners do their best to save money and protect the environment by minimizing their energy expenditures. However, as the winter clouds gather and the temperatures drop, it's easy to use up too much energy on heating and only realize it after it's too late.
Now we'll provide you with some tried-and-true advice on how to minimize the amount of energy you spend on heating during the colder months of the year. Keep reading to learn more.
Why is my heat bill so high?
If you suddenly get an unusually steep energy bill, and you haven't heated your house any more than you normally do, there's a considerable chance that something is wrong with your HVAC system.
Common causes of unexpectedly high energy bills include:
- Your furnace may be old or faulty.
- Your home's insulation may be damaged or otherwise inefficient.
- You've been running your thermostat at high settings (or it may be broken).
- There may be leaks in the HVAC ductwork.
- Your windows may be old or improperly installed, causing you to lose heat.
How can I save money on heating in winter?
The first thing you should do is keep draughts in your house to a minimum. Any gaps in your doors and windows that let the cold air in and the warm air out need to be covered using draught excluders such as insulating strips, specialized sealants, or even rolled up blankets and newspapers.
If your floors have gaps and cracks in them, it's highly advised that you seal them using a silicone-based sealant designed for draught-proofing.
Here's how to be more energy-efficient in winter:
- Close all doors. Doing this will reduce heat loss by keeping heat inside individual rooms.
- Make better use of your oven. Most ovens heat up every shelf during use regardless of whether you're cooking food on them or not. That's why you should prepare multiple meals simultaneously. This will not only use up less energy, but also save you a lot of time.
- Open the oven door after you're done cooking to let the remaining heat from the oven disperse into your home. At the very least, this will help keep your kitchen cozy.
- Get a water-efficient shower head. This will lessen the amount of hot water you spend while showering, and therefore reduce the amount of energy you need to heat it.
Is it cheaper to leave the heating on all day?
The idea that you can conserve energy by constantly running your HVAC system is a common myth among American homeowners. Just as you wouldn't be able to save on gas by constantly running your car, you can't reduce energy expenditures by constantly heating your home.
Your best bet is to get a programmable thermostat that enables you to automatically turn the heating off when you're outside, reduce the temperatures while you sleep, and heat the place back up before you return home.
Where can I book first-rate heating repair in Henrico County?
There's nothing better than spending a cold winter day in a warm home with a quality book you've rented from the Fairfield Area Library to keep you company.
At Howell's Heating & Air, we'd like to help the good people of Henrico County stay comfortable by ensuring their HVAC systems remain functional and energy-efficient at all times. Get in touch with us today and take full advantage of our NATE-certified technicians and more than 50 years of industry experience.