If you are concerned about your electric bill this winter, here is a DIY checklist that will allow you to save and better control your electrical/gas usage.
- When the house is occupied, the recommend temperature setting during the winter is 68°F. If the house in unoccupied see our blog What Should I Set My Thermostat To When I’m On Vacation to see what you should set your thermostat to.
- Leave the registers open and do not block registers with furniture (air flow is important). Any time a register is blocked, even if you don’t want air going into that room, it creates a strain on the heating or cooling system.
- Check the furnace filter every 30-60 days. Fun tip: You can have us send email reminders to check your filter if you don’t think you’ll remember.
- Use the bathroom and kitchen vents only when moisture, heat, and odors become a problem.
- Close drapes at night and on cloudy days.
- If you have natural gas of propane appliances make sure your carbon monoxide (CO) detectors are in proper working condition.
- Insulate hot and cold water pipes in unheated areas.