2020 has been a stay-at-home year. While it has money-saving advantages, everything comes at a cost. The money you’re not spending on commuting and eating out may need to go into your energy bills. Indeed, millions of Americans working from home since the start of the pandemic, customers in large cities expect their bills to go up by approximately 10% to 20%.
It’s essential to look for solutions that can let you save on your energy bills without compromising comfort. Turning down the heater by a few degrees can make a big difference in your monthly costs. But it’s not worth getting cold when you’re stuck at home. So how can you create a warm interior that protects your wallet?
Use a smart thermostat
Typically, a smart thermostat can save you a few dollars because it learns your habits. The idea is that the thermostat can start the heating before you come back home, so the house is warm and cozy, but it stops it when you’re away. However, when you work from home, you may not see the point of investing in a smart thermostat system. But, there’s more to the unit that first meets the eyes. A smart thermostat can also monitor humidity levels in the air.
What does it have to do with warmth? It turns out that humidity levels have everything to do with the perceived temperature. When the air is too dry, the temperature feels cooler. As a result, you tend to overheat to compensate. So you can use the air sensor to turn the heating on and off based on humidity levels. It can alert you, so you can set up an air humidifier to cut down energy costs.
Increase direct sunlight exposure
A dark room feels cold, even if it is perfectly heated. Sometimes, maximizing direct sunlight exposure in the room can also transform the way you approach your heating needs. Discussing light-maximizing extensions with experienced architects can help define a budget-friendly remodeling project. Room extensions can positively change your energy bills:
- They help to leverage sunlight heat,
- They can facilitate natural air movements inside the home,
- They help regulate your mood, which makes you less vulnerable to cold.
As we’ve just mentioned air movement, it’s fair to ask whether the air can circulate freely inside your home. It can be a good idea for households with heater vents to check that all vents are functioning and unblocked. Vent obstruction is one of the most commonly overlooked heating issues. Ensure your system is clear of debris and that nothing stands in front of the HVAC unit.
You’d be surprised as well to know how much difference rearranging your furniture can make. Moving furniture to facilitate air movement can help decrease heat loss.
Renew your air regularly
Last but not least, you need to renew your indoor air regularly. German households routinely open all the windows to refresh the house, even in the middle of winter. They, however, do not record any dramatic energy bill increase. Letting some fresh air in every day can ensure you never heat dry air.
Are you ready to turn the heater down this winter and save energy costs? You can keep the house cozy and warm without breaking the bank. More importantly, you may even find that you’re heating less, and therefore paying less than previous years.