Rising fuel prices promise to make this coming winter one of the most expensive ever for homeowners and renters who pay for their heating. In some cases, fluctuating fuel prices threaten to boost a
typical winter utility bill by up to 50 per cent.
The good news is that by making some wise investments, you can reduce your energy consumption (and your bill) by up to 20 per cent.
· The first step is a programmable thermostat that can automatically adjust to the best setting, depending on your routine and schedule. These simple monitors can be programmed to allow for one schedule during the work week and another on the weekends.
· Some new models can even be controlled over the phone. You just “call your thermostat” to raise the temperature before you arrive, or lower it if you forget to adjust it in the morning.
· Controlling your home temperature (and lights and security system) from a web-based platform is the next step , and due out on the market soon.
· Remember to avoid the thermostat wars that cause a lot of needless arguments in many homes and also cost both parties a lot of extra money in wastednergy.
· According to a recent survey, one of the top home “pet peeves” is inconsistent temperatures between rooms and at different times of the day.
· Many people revert to constantly fiddling with the thermostat setting, depending on where they are in a home and how comfortable they feel. Experts believe this can significantly add to winter utility bills.
· Every area of the house has unique characteristics that affect how warm or cold it feels. One thermostat (or setting) doesn’t fit all rooms and people. A “zoned” heating and cooling system could be the answer to temperature variations, and lower your bills by delivering heat when and where it’s needed.
· A humidifier is another good fuel-saving investment. A humidifier can add up to three degrees to how warm it “feels” while keeping your wood floors and furniture in better shape. All of these investments can give you a more comfortable home and significant fuel savings.