Aside from being an awesomely 80’s hit, some people just like their home at a stable 1 million degrees. Others, like it so cold even the dog needs a blanket.
But what many of us don’t realize is just how much energy (and money) we’re wasting setting the thermostat at such extremes. People have survived for thousands of years without heating and cooling and for the most part they seemed to do ok. So why in the last 100 years have we seen such a dependency on these systems?
By taking just a few easy steps, you can save on your electric bill, reduce your dependency on A/C and ultimately do your part help mother nature… all while staying comfortable in your home. Let’s take a look.
- Remember Outside? Back in the day, people would open their windows on cool summer nights or crisp autumn afternoons. In the winter, they insulated door and window frames and made sure to bundle up a little more. Working with nature instead of against it can lead to big savings. Setting the thermostat to 85 in the dead of winter is only going to weigh on your wallet. Try setting it to a more moderate temperate that is bearable and just be smart about clothing options. Do you really need to walk around in the living room in your underwear when it’s 30 degrees outside?
- You can Deal. Our bodies are not as delicate as you think. Believe it or not, we can handle temperatures outside of the 72-78 home temperature range. Depending on where you live, try turning your air off when the temperature is in the 65-75 range. If it’s a cold winter day out, set the thermostat a little cooler than you normally would. Plan ahead by wearing warmer clothing indoors. The same goes for summer. If it’s 80 out, set the A/C to a little warmer than you normally would and wear cooler clothing.
- Furniture doesn’t need A/C. If no one is home, turn the thermostat off or set it much higher. Why cool or heat a house if no one is there to enjoy it? Simply changing the setting when you leave in the morning and come in at night can make a big difference on your electric bill. Several companies now have special timed settings that can do this automatically!
The thermostat can be a hot point in many households, but it can also be a huge source of savings! Just taking a few simple steps will get you on the right track.
While we briefly mentioned it above, one of the biggest savings in heating/cooling comes from good insulation. Professionals called weatherization auditors actually commit themselves to making your home more eco-friendly and energy efficient by finding ways to better insulate your home. For more information about Weatherization auditors please go to www.FloridaWeatherization.org