As Chicagoland enjoys some of the first warm days of late winter, many of us will crack open windows to let in a warm spring breeze. The fresh air feels amazing, but unless you remember to check your thermostat, you could be wasting money during this late winter season as well. It wasn’t so long ago that we were all buried under several feet of snow, and the frigid temperatures that accompanies the blizzard or 2011 caused every homeowner to turn up the heat to compensate. Up until a couple weeks ago, we still needed that high thermostat setting, but now it is time to turn back to dial and save a few bucks on our next energy bill!
2 Degrees Can Make All the Difference
When the thermostat is set higher than necessary, the furnace will waste fuel overheating the home. The warmer temperatures outside make it much easier for the furnace to maintain an indoor temperature, and if you are opening windows to let in a breeze, the cool air could have the furnace cycling on and off for hours on end. Every extra cycles wastes energy, and if the windows are going to be open, it is a good idea to shut the furnace off all together. During the mild days of late winter, the furnace can be set much lower than normal and still keep you comfortable all day long. The longer you keep the thermostat set back, the more money you will save, and even a 2 degree change can save up to 10% on your energy bills!
This is a simple change that any homeowner can make, and it will offer some much needed relief from the high energy bills you have had to pay all winter long.