Let’s Save on Heating Costs! (A ‘HOW TO’) And Other Benefits of Turning Your Thermostat DOWN A Few Degrees in the Winter

Thursday Jan 26, 2017

Here we are – in the middle of January 2017.  This is usually the coldest time of the year for most of us in the U.S. and North America.  Today I would like to post some information about lowering your heating costs.  I know that most of us have heard that we need to turn our thermostat down in the winter time to save energy and money.  And, I definitely agree.

 But now let’s discuss a little more in depth about turning your thermostat down.  First, I would recommend that you purchase a programmable thermostat.  That way, you can set it and forget about it.   There are thermostats available that will allow you to program your desired temperature based on a weekly schedule.  So, when you are away at work you will not be heating the house and wasting energy and money.  The thermostat will also automatically lower the temperature when you are sleeping and then raise it a few degrees just before you wake up.  There are so many benefits to automating and controlling the temperature in your home that will pay for your investment in a short period of time.  But I’ll post more about the programmable thermostat in a later post.

Now let’s discuss some of the benefits of turning your thermostat down a few degrees.   The first benefit of course is lowering your heating costs.  You’ll consume and pay for less energy.  Tests have shown that you will see a difference in your utility bill if you lower your home’s temperature for just four hours a day.  That’s the equivalent to getting money deposited into your account!  According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s web site (http://www.eere.energy.gov)  you can save about 5 percent to 15 percent per year on your heating bill by turning your thermostat down 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours (1% for each degree).  That is a significant cost savings for your family.   There are other estimates published that say you can save up to 3% per degree that you turn your thermostat down.

What about other benefits – other than heating costs?  Yes, there are other “hidden” benefits to turning your thermostat down!

  1. YOU CAN LOSE WEIGHT!  Yes!  (I found this information at https://www.nationaldebtrelief.com/5-benefits-turning-thermostat-will-surprise/)  “Your energy expenditure increases as the temperature drops so you burn more calories or roughly 100 more a day. This increased energy can translate into an extra 3500 calories burned in just a few weeks. This means you would lose one pound.”  Now that’s a great benefit!
  2. YOU WILL SLEEP BETTER AT NIGHT – You will get a much most restful night’s sleep with the temperature a few degrees cooler.
  3. EXTEND THE LIFE OF YOUR REFRIGERATOR AND FREEZER – yes!  If you drop the temperature in your home below 65 degrees, these large appliances will not have to work as hard to keep your food cold or frozen.
  4. HELP YOUR HOUSEPLANTS – yes, by dropping the temperature below 75 degrees, your houseplants will live longer thru the winter months.

So that’s a total of 5 great reasons to lower your thermostat during the winter months.    My next post will be focused on how to go about lowering your thermostat so that you can get the most benefit!  Stay tuned.

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