5 Tips To Cut Your Home Heating & Utility Bill
Historically, the average high temperature for December in Central New Jersey is 43 degrees and the low is 28. With freezing temperatures, there’s no doubt you’ll want your heat on full blast to keep your home as comfortable as possible this winter. Last winter was 35% warmer than usual, resulting in lower utility bills. However, when temperatures return to normal lows, how can you keep your home heating costs low despite the frigid temperatures?
Here are 5 tips to keep your home warm and your utility bill low:
Invest in a wifi-thermostat.
A wifi-thermostat regulates the temperature by recognizing your heating and cooling habits. While a programmable thermostat regulates temperatures automatically, a wifi-thermostat does that and more. Smart thermostats allow you to control the temperature from anywhere in the world using a compatible app. Wifi-thermostats, like the Nest, send you monthly reports to help you keep track of your habits and compare your energy usage to your neighbors.
Keep Your Thermostat at 68 Degrees.
According to Consumer Energy Center, you will save 5 percent on heating costs for every degree you lower your heat.
Add An Area Rug.
Warm clothes, sweaters, candles and a warm cup of tea are a no-brainer but it is also a helpful trick to remember that an area rug can be used to help insulate the floor.
Use Exhaust Fans Sparingly.
Exhaust fans pull hot air that rises to the ceiling out of your home or apartment. It’s important to remember to use exhaust fans only when needed like after cooking a big holiday meal.
Use LED Lights for the Holidays.
Light-Emitting Diode Lights (LED) use 75% less energy, and last 25 times longer, than incandescent lights. Look for LEDs to light your Christmas tree or to decorate the outside of your home.
In addition to cutting your utility bill costs, we highly recommend using a humidifier to combat the side-effects of home heating systems in the winter months. Humidifiers work by keeping dry air moist, preventing dry skin, chapped lips and even nasal congestion.
To install a wifi-thermostat or humidifier system in your home, contact us today for a consultation. Be sure to ask about our FREE Nest promotion.
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