Winter time is a time when people use a lot of electricity. This is the
time of year when electric bill are the highest. In some states bills
were passed to increase rates of electrical usage. People wonder about
if there are ways to reduce their electric bills. There are several ways
that a home owner can reduce electric bills.
Air Leak Checking
The first thing that should be done is to check areas where cold air finds
its way into your home. A special temperature sensor can work to find
those areas, but you can also use senses Carefully monitor temperature
changes with your hands. Windows are the most common area that cold air
will leak in. Use your hands to feel any cold spots or slight br near
windows. Weather stripping is good to use on the windows along with a
window insulation kit. It is made of clear plastic sheets that you put
over windows that air leaks in at or just put it on all the windows. Place
door sweeps on doors where air is coming in underneath.
It is an easy to do kit. The only tools required are scissors, measuring
tape and blow dryer. The furnace uses gas to heat up you home along with
electricity to power the blower motor and other electronic components
in the furnace. Furnaces these days use more electricity because of those
mother boards and circuits.
One other thing that comes with the isolation kit is the foam insulation
that is shaped to fit behind the electrical sockets. Air can seep in pass
the electrical sockets and socket plates. The foam fits behind the socket
plates. When air leaks are fixed, the heat will stay in the home a lot
longer. This will reduce the amount of times that the furnace will cycle
on and off.
Having insulation between the walls of the home will help keep heat in.
Insulation can be installed without removing sheet rock. A small hole
is made and insulation is injected into the walls. The attic is also a
good place for insulation.
Turn Thermostat Down
One other way to cut down on electrical use this time of year is to turn
down the thermostat. The average setting in winter is usually 75 to 70
degrees Fahrenheit. Train your body to get used to a temperature of 60
to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Lowering the thermostat will also help reduce
the cycle times that the furnace will run.
Lowering the thermostat even two degrees will save on money. Turn off lights
when leaving any rooms. Avoid space heaters. They draw a lot of current
and can raise the electric bill by $30 extra dollars a month.