To Keep your AC bills low in the winter, you should reduce your thermostat levels to as low as 8°F or 10°F at most. The higher the level of your thermostat, the more the amount of electricity it uses. During winter, thee electricity bills go up and this is the main reason. Another way to reduce your AC bills is by installing a smart thermostat. A smart thermostat manages the thermostat levels automatically.
Reducing the thermostat levels will, however, make your house very cold. It is therefore not advisable for people with chest problems or allergies to cold weather. If you do not have chest problems, you can lower the thermostat levels and use the following alternative methods to keep warm:
- Add proper insulation to your home. When your house is properly insulated, there will be very little cold air coming in. This means that you will rarely need the AC thermostat levels to be high.
- Wear warm clothing. Keep your body warm by putting on heavy clothing e.g. gloves, socks, sweatpants, and sweaters among others.
- Light the fireplace if you have one. Old school methods are not out of the question. A fireplace will keep you warm and the whole house too. Firewood is relatively affordable.
- Take hot drinks every once in a while. Hot drinks like coffee, tea, and even soup keeps your body warm for a short period of time.
The following are tips to save electricity consumption by an AC unit:
1. Set your thermostat to a reasonable temperature that nevertheless gives comfort while avoiding excessive energy use.
2. Invest in programmable thermostats: A programmable thermostat will automate temperature adjustments based on your schedule.
3. When you’re gone or sleeping, lower the temperature, and raise it when you’re at home and active.
4. Maintain your HVAC system on a regular basis: Schedule regular maintenance to ensure your heating system is working efficiently.
5. Insulate your home: Adequate insulation aids in heat retention and decreases the demand for constant heating.
6. Check the insulation on your walls, attic, and flooring.
7. Open your drapes and blinds during the day to allow natural sunshine to warm your house.
8. Ceiling fans may assist spread warm air around a space if used properly.
9. Set your ceiling fan to whirl clockwise at a low speed to force warm air down from the ceiling and increase overall heating efficiency.
10. Warm clothes, such as sweaters, socks, and slippers, should be worn instead of relying exclusively on the heating system to keep you warm indoors.
11. By layering, you can reduce the temperature without losing comfort.
Use zone heating: Instead of heating the entire house, use space heaters or electric blankets to heat only the areas where you spend the most time.
12. Consider window insulation: If your windows are exceptionally drafty, window insulation kits or thermal curtains can assist minimize heat loss and increase energy efficiency.
During winter power outages are a must and preparation is key. Here is a guide on how to keep a house warm during winter power outages.
If you want to save money on the AC bill in winter then I suggest you start preparing before winter. All I know is you must spend to save money on electricity bills in the long run.
– Get your house insulated if you have not yet.
Invest in alternative power sources that won’t need bills. – A windmill is a good option to power your AC at 0 running cost but you have to spend when installing.
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