Many of us enjoy the beautiful seasons Wisconsin can offer each year. However, at times, cold winter weather can cause strain on our bottom line from expensive utility bills. Here are a few tips to hlep keep those bills lower as winter winds down.
1. Install a programmable thermostat: This will help to keep your bill low, and your efficiency high. Below are a few recommended temperature settings for variying times during the day:
6:00 am to 9:00 am: 68 degrees
9:00 am to 5:30 pm: 60 degrees
5:30 pm to 11:00 pm: 68 degrees
11:00 pm to 6:00 am: 60 degrees
As you can see, the theme is to use the thermostat to your advantage by keeping it warmer when you are home and cool it down a little when you leave the home or are sleeping.
2. Open and close the curtains: Open your curtains during the day to let the sun in and close them at night. You can establish the habit of opening the curtains before you leave for work and close them when you arrive home for the evening.
3. Reverse Ceiling Fans: If you have a ceiling fan, look to see if it has a winter setting. Some fans have the option to reverse the direction they turn. Since heat rises, this will push the heat back down into your rooms versus being trapped at the ceilings.
4. Move furniture away from vents: You might unknowingly have furniture placed in front of, or on top of heater vents restricting the flow of warm air through your home. By clearing the area around vents, this will maximize the heat potential in your entire home.
5. Use the oven: Baking or broiling dinner will help keep your house warmer, especially in rooms near your kitchen. Don't be afraid to roast a turkey a bake some goodies for everyone.