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Cranking the heat to 80 degrees can feel comforting on the first snowfall of winter but it won’t make you feel so good when you see the power bill. Staying cozy and not spending too much on electricity is a balance that every homeowner struggles with. Luckily, we have some tips that can help you find a happy formula for you and your family, and your wallet. 

Upgrade your thermostat

If you are still manually changing your thermostat throughout the day then you might need an upgrade. Modern thermostats can be programmed to turn off or change temperature while you are at work or sleeping. The thermostat can start heating up your house minutes before you get home from work or before your alarm goes off. So what temperature should your thermostat be set at while you’re away? The experts say that 68 degrees is ideal. Don’t go lower than 55 degrees. Any lower and your pipes could freeze. Changing the temperature for just a few hours can save you a lot of money in the long run

Turn down the heat at night

Lowering the thermostat at night can help you save money on the electric bill. If you are going to be passed out in bed then might as well save some money! Lower the temperature a couple of degrees and get the big comforter out. Make sure you are comfortable though! You don’t want to be shivering all night. 

Experiment!

There is no exact formula to finding the right temperature for your home. Try out a couple different temps and make sure everyone in your home in comfortable. If you have house plants make sure they can survive in colder weather. Your kids or pets might have something to say about the temperature too. Try putting on layers or wearing a blanket while relaxing at home. There are other places you can get heat like a space heater, hot cocoa, or cooking with the oven. Keep track of what temperatures you are setting and what your bill comes out to be. Work together to find a temp that you can tolerate and that saves you money! 

Did you learn something new? We hope so. If you need a new thermostat or furnace system then call RSP HVAC at 618-942-2424 or click here to contact us. You can call us anytime because we offer 24/7 service in case of emergencies. Find out why so many in Southern Illinois trust RSP HVAC!

 

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