When You Should Be Adjusting Your Thermostat
Are you the type of person who sets the thermostat to 71° and “Auto” then never touches it again? Or are you the kind of person who is constantly adjusting the thermostat throughout the day?
Well, we’re here to tell you that neither of these thermostat personality types are doing a good job of keeping their energy bills low. If you want to start seeing lower energy bills, then here are a couple of often-overlooked occasions when you should be adjusting your thermostat:
When You’re in the Kitchen All Day
“Cooking up a storm” can really increase the temperature in your house, starting with the kitchen. And, since we’ve found that many of you keep your thermostats in or near the kitchen, a raised temperature in the kitchen tends to affect the whole house.
Go ahead and lower the temperature on your thermostat when you know you’ll be cooking a lot—especially with the oven—so that when things heat up, you’re more likely to reach a normal temperature. Doing this will not only benefit your energy consumption on a regular basis, but it will likely help you prepare your home for whoever it is you’re cooking for. You’d hate to invite them into a sweaty house party!
When You’re Not Home
Energy.gov said in a recent report that turning your thermostat down for 8 hours per day will help you see a reduction in energy consumption from 5-15% per year. That means that if you were to start lowering your temperature when you leave for work every morning (in the winter—and raising it a bit in the summer), you could save 10-15% on your energy bills every year!
We always recommend setting it back 5-10 degrees, so that your system can easily adjust back and forth.
To make it even better—you can adjust the temperature when you go on trips away from the house for extended periods of time.
Consider a Smart Thermostat
Many smart thermostats adjust not only according to when you’re home or not, but also according to your daily in-house routine. Do you regularly make it cooler before bedtime?
Your thermostat will take note of that and start doing it on its own. Sounds fancy, huh? The good news is that, while the price of making your house a smart home may seem high up front, the products are made to save you money in the long run!
We’re proud to offer these and other new thermostats to our customers! Call us at BNG Heating & Cooling to talk to one of our associates about installing one in your home, so that you can start saving TODAY!