When the temperature drops, heating costs start to rise. Most homes in the United States rely on natural gas, electricity or a combination of both to keep warm in winter, and it is not always easy to budget spending. These tips help reduce bills without sacrificing comfort.
Clean and Replace Filters
Forced air systems rely on filters to clean and circulate air. Dirty, dirty filters make the system more difficult, resulting in higher energy bills and unnecessary machine wear. Most filters require monthly replacement, although some offer three months between changes.
Invest in a programmable thermostat
Consumer Reports recommends adjusting the temperature to 68 degrees Fahrenheit during waking hours and reducing it to 60 degrees at night. A programmable thermostat automatically supports these changes based on predefined user specifications. It is also easy and cost effective to plan temperature changes to suit domestic activities such as work or family holidays.
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