Nationally, December through February are the months during which people consume the most energy. Many winters in Oklahoma tend to be tame compared to winters up north. Nonetheless, there are some brutally cold weeks, and occasionally some brutally cold months.
Here are some ways that you can make sure that those three months aren’t memorable for the wrong reasons.
Get a programmable thermostat
This is extremely important. One of the easiest ways for you to save money on energy usage is to make sure that the furnace isn’t working when it doesn’t need to be. When you’re asleep or when you’re at work, the temperature can come down.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a decent programmable thermostat. It typically costs less than $200. You can program the thermostat to make the home comfortable when you’re there and conservative when you aren’t. Some thermostats can be operated from your phone! Invest in a programmable thermostat and get quality long-term savings.
Use your fireplace
You may be guilty of cranking up the heat while not thinking about the fireplace. For only the cost of a bundle of wood, your fireplace can provide a ton of heat. On many fireplaces there’s a vent and fan to send heat from the fire box into the living area.
Isn’t sitting in front of a fire a great way to spend any winter evening? Just make sure that you close the damper when you aren’t using your fireplace, or you’ll be sending all of that heat out of the chimney.
Seal up the leaks
This is especially important if you have an old house. Find leaks around windows, doors, pipes and vents. Find any place that heat may be escaping your home and caulk to seal those leaks up. With less hot air escaping through the cracks, you’ll spend less money because the furnace won’t run quite as much.
These are just a few ways to make sure that you aren’t left searching for blankets on a cold winter’s day or weeping over a heating bill that’s way more expensive than you’re used to.
If it’s the furnace that needs some work, give us a call at (405) 796-0320 for furnace repair or replacement.