Around this time of the year, furnaces start to kick on, meaning higher bills. You may not know, but the cost of heating your home can make up 40-60% of your monthly winter bill. When the temperature starts to drop and you’re grabbing for that extra blanket, keep these energy savings tips in mind.
- Setting your thermostat at 68 degrees when you are home during the day can help. Try reducing it even more at night once you’re under the blankets or when you are away. Program or set your current thermostat or consider a new Wi-Fi enabled thermostat to help manage the changes for you.
- Don’t block heating registers. Sometimes those vents are in the most inconvenient places, but make sure to move furniture to allow heat to flow freely. Also make sure all return air openings are unobstructed.
- If you haven’t already done so this heating season, replace or clean your furnace filter. If you have a disposable furnace filter, replace it. If you have a permanent, non-disposable filter, clean it. (You can sign up to get reminders from Avista and even have furnace filters delivered to your home. Learn more about our Furnace Filter program.)
- Restrict the use of your wood fireplace in extremely cold weather. Fireplaces can rob your home of heat provided by your heating system, increasing your energy costs and reducing your comfort. Close the damper on your flue when the fireplace is not in use.
- Space heaters can increase your energy use and bill if they are not used for zone heating. When using a space heater, use it in one occupied room and make sure to turn down the temperature setting on your central heating system. When heating the same amount of space, an electric space heater is much more expensive than a natural gas furnace.
- Set the temperature on your hot water tank to 120 degrees. Generally, residential water heaters should not exceed 140 degrees or be below 120 degrees.