Are you noticing fluctuations on your utility bills and not sure why? It could be your thermostat or a lack of having one. The temperature settings in your home could be impacting your energy consumption and your utility bills each month. To save on energy costs and become a responsible consumer, you need to better understand thermostat management. In this article, we provide you with useful information that can help you better understand temperature settings and bill fluctuations, and what you can do to cut down on your energy use.
Consumption vs. Management
Most people don’t realize that about half of their energy consumption comes from heating their home. Air conditioning on the other hand, only account for about 5%, thanks to our pleasantly mild summers and long winters. Also, what impacts your bill is not only about how much heat or air conditioning you use, but also how you set your thermostat to manage the temperature throughout your home.
Another important point for understanding temperature settings and bill fluctuations is that when setting your thermostat for extreme changes, as many people do when they are at work or sleeping, you can actually create more work for your HVAC equipment. When people put their thermostat on low to save money, it then takes a lot of work for your equipment to restore the changes in indoor temperature that was lost. Instead, the smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your bills will be.
You can improve the comfort of your home and efficiency of your equipment by setting minor temperature changes a few times throughout the day. For instance, change the temperature before you go to sleep, when you wake, when you leave the house for a longer period of time, and when you return home.
You can save even more energy and money with a programmable thermostat. That way you never miss manually changing the temperature, as it’s automatically taken care of for you every day. Just plug in the activation times for each temperature setting and your thermostat will take care of the rest.
One of the latest innovations when it comes to household energy usage are smart thermostats that learn your routines and adjust the temperature to get the best energy savings without sacrificing your comfort level. The Ecobee 3, for example, even sends energy reports to outline your usage patterns, which can be a helpful way for you to gear towards a more efficient heating and cooling practice. And some are even voice controlled and can be operated from your smartphone, making it even more convenient and easy to cut down on energy costs.
Don’t remain frustrated with fluctuating energy bills. You can learn to better understand temperature settings and bill fluctuations by incorporating some of these temperature strategies in your home this winter. And when you’re in need of any HVAC related repairs, advice, or service, contact Distinct HVAC to take care of it all for you.