Cool Ways to Save on Heat
Good news…not! The Farmer’s Almanac is predicting yet another brutal winter. In fact, they are calling the US a refriger-nation. Oh, great. Are you already getting flashbacks to last year’s Polar Vortex? We can’t control the weather, but we can control our thermostats. When it comes to preventing red hot heating bills, there are steps you can take NOW to stay warm… and save big.
Go High Tech
Brad Paine, Home Comfort and Energy Expert at Honeywell suggests a high tech tip. “A Wi-Fi connected thermostat is a great solution to cut heating costs, as it allows you to adjust your thermostat from anywhere in the world via your smart phone. Many smart thermostats will also learn your heating preferences and adjust the temperature according to your normal routine.
For instance, if you always turn the heat down before bedtime, the smart thermostats will begin to automatically do this for you. On average, these devices can save you up to $170 per year.”
Watch Your Water
Brad says other heat saving ideas you may not think about actually come via using water in your home. “Turn down the hot water heater: Many water heater thermostat manufacturers ship products that are preset at 140 degrees Fahrenheit, but most of us don’t need water to be that hot. In fact, 120 degrees Fahrenheit should suffice for most households.”
When you wash your clothes use cold instead of warm or hot water. That will help you save, too. And just like the famous Seinfeld episode portrayed, get a low flow showerhead to help you save on warm water .
You may also be eligible for tax credits for reducing energy use. Honeywell suggests checking out the Energy Policy Act or www.energystar.gov to see if you qualify.