It’s finally getting to the point to where it is consistently cold here in Texas. When I say cold, what I really mean is it is getting to be about 40-50 degrees at night. For me (a born and raised Texan) that is flippin cold, and I have to have to heater on. Just like in the summer time when we lower our thermostats to keeps us from getting a heat stroke, we like to raise it during the winter to help keep us warm.
My best friend, however, decides just to keep hers completely off. I know that when I go to her house during the winter that I need to take a jacket, wear sweats and possibly even ear muffs to keep warm. I do have to say that her electricity bill is non-existent during this time of year, though. However nice that may sound I just cannot do that in my house having three small children. So I wanted to share with you the proper way to keep your thermostat to save a little money.
My husband and I have a set number that we like to keep ours at. During the summer, it is usually 74. But according to Joplin’s blog the best temperature to keep your thermostat at during the winter would be 68 degrees. They also suggest that you turn your ceiling fans the opposite direction during the winter since heat rises. (I have to say I just did this one)
Did you know that with every degree of temperature your thermostat is set on it can increase energy by 6-8%? I know I didn’t. Of course, there are other ways to help save like making sure you have the proper insulation. You don’t want any of your precious heat to escape.
One more thing that would be good to check on is making sure that you home is air sealed. For the same reason as before. We don’t want any air getting out much less getting in.
I hope this help you in small ways to keep your home warm and keep money in your pocket this holiday season.