The Heat is HIGH…

With the arctic blast we’ve been experiencing here in Clarksville, TN and around the nation, you’ve probably noticed a “not-so-nice” surprise – a substantial rise in your electric bill. Heating and cooling your home accounts for around 50 percent of your electricity bill and extreme outdoor temperatures require your HVAC to work much harder than usual, which explains the rise in cost.

Here are a few easy ways you can help lower your heating costs:

  1. Lower your thermostat – did you know that you can lower your electric bill by about 3% for every degree you lower your thermostat? Turning your thermostat down a few degrees when you’re at work and while you’re sleeping will help you see a reduction in your heating costs.
  2. Change your HVAC air filter – as you’re probably aware, you should be changing your HVAC filter regularly. Changing your air filters is not only beneficial for your health and the cleanliness of your house – (nobody wants to be breathing in dust all day) – it also helps increase the efficiency of your heating and cooling unit which in turn lowers the cost. Pleated Air Filters are slightly more expensive than the fiberglass and polyester variety, but are much more efficient at removing dust.
  3. Keep bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans usage to a minimum – those exhaust fans in your bathroom and kitchen are great at removing condensation and helping to avoid mold, but they’re also great at sucking the warm air out of your house. Make sure you use them only as needed.
  4. Rearrange your furniture – furniture placed in front of heating vents blocks the flow of warm air throughout your house. Do a quick walk through of your house to make sure you don’t have any furniture blocking those vents.
  5. Close your doors – this one may sound obvious but it’s often forgotten. Make sure you shut the doors to any rooms you don’t use regularly, including your basement and attic doors and your exterior doors and windows. This helps trap the heat in the parts of the house you frequent.

We’re all looking forward to some warmer weather and the lower electric bill that comes with it, but putting into practice the above tips should help lower your electric bill until the warmer temperatures reappear.