Have you felt the need to bundle up lately? Is that breeze getting a little too cool for comfort? Winter is just around the corner and your house is feeling the chill, too.
Ever wonder how your energy use can increase if you haven’t changed anything in your home? Consider a warm cup of coffee. In the summer, a warm cup of coffee will stay warm for quite some time, even if placed outside. If placed outside during the winter though, it would cool down rather quickly. Even if you don’t touch your thermostat, your home reacts the same as a cup of coffee – retaining heat in warmer weather and losing it in cooler weather.
Why does this matter? As the temperature outside drops, your house cools down more quickly, causing its heating system to run more frequently and for longer periods of time. This causes your energy consumption to spike, increasing your energy bill – typically between October and February. The cost of heating your home can account for 40% to 60% of your monthly winter energy bill, so what can you do to help manage your energy usage?
Use this handy checklist to get started:
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