Did your electricity bill surprise you last winter? This is a common issue in Edmonton; heating your home and water requires a lot of energy, which can surprise you if you are not careful. Yet, there are ways you can reduce your high electricity bills this winter. Here are some ways you can do that.
Use Your Thermostat Wisely
One of the main reasons your electricity bills can come high is your misuse of the thermostat. First, do not crank up your thermostat to heat your home faster; that is not how it works. When you crank up your thermostat, the heating system only runs harder, consuming more energy, but your home heats up at the same rate as it would if your thermostat wasn’t cranked up.
Second, set the thermostat two degrees lower in winter, around 70 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit, for the most efficient heating of your home. This way, your home will heat up efficiently, but your furnace will not overwork to do the same, consuming less energy.
Get a Smart Thermostat
Another alternative to using the thermostat wisely is to upgrade to a smart thermostat. A smart thermostat only runs your heating system when required, i.e., when your home reaches your desired temperature, it shuts down the system to conserve energy. Plus, many smart thermostats can sync up with your phone, run the heater after analyzing your schedule, or use geofencing to prepare your home before you arrive.
Insulate Your Water Heater
Your home’s water heater is one of the primary energy consumers. And there is a way to reduce its energy consumption. All you have to do is add extra insulation around the water heater, which will heat the water faster. How does this work? Your heater converts electricity to heat, thereby heating the water, but a lot of the heat is lost to external surfaces. When you add insulation, less heat is lost, so the water heats up faster.
Replace Air Filters Regularly
When your heating system’s air filter (and even vents) are blocked, the heater has to run much harder to heat your home, which causes it to consume more energy than required. You need to clean and replace the air filter every couple of months, based on your usage. A clean air filter exerts less pressure on the heating system and lets it run smoothly and efficiently.
Regularly Service Your HVAC and Plumbing Systems
The most effective way of reducing your electricity bills is by having your HVAC and plumbing systems maintained by professional plumbing and HVAC experts. Professional technicians can ensure that your plumbing and HVAC systems are running correctly and efficiently without any hidden issues that may be sucking more electricity. You should call plumbing and HVAC experts to inspect and service your home’s system at least once before the winter season.
Are you looking for the best plumbing and HVAC experts in Edmonton? Capital Plumbing has got your back. Contact us to reduce your electricity bills this winter.