You may have noticed an increase in energy usage on your most recent bill. We’re often asked how energy use can increase when no changes have been made to a thermostat. It’s a great question and one that can be explained by comparing our homes to a cup of coffee.
During hot summer months, when we take our cup of coffee outside, it remains warm for quite some time. When cold weather hits, that same cup of coffee cools down rather quickly. Just like our cup of coffee, our homes retain and release heat differently throughout the year. The more heat our homes release, the more energy it takes to warm them back up. A cup of coffee can be warmed up in a few seconds. A house, on the other hand, takes a bit more effort from its heating system – and more effort means more energy.
Just three days of temperatures 10-14 degrees below normal can cause our homes to use 25-50% more energy than usual. There are ways we can protect our home from getting the chills, though. Keep cold air out and warm air in by: