Spring is slowly approaching and it’s the time of year that most people enjoy the most. Flowers are beginning to bloom and the weather outside is just about perfect, not too hot or too cold. While the temperature outside is almost perfect it is somewhat difficult to get that perfect temperature inside your home.
Energy usage during the spring is all over the place because the temperature outside is usually never the same, which means your utility bills are almost unpredictable.
There are however some ways that you can save money and keep your energy level at a constant usage which will keep your utility bill from skyrocketing and that is by knowing the proper settings to set your thermostat on. Below are some energy saving tips that may help you out during the spring months.
Stay comfortable with the best thermostat settings
It has actually been proven that your HVAC system is responsible for at least half of your energy bill, and in the spring the temperatures outside will vary all over the place. Spring actually can arrive in different states at different times, for example it may be 70 degrees in the south and still be in the 50’s up north.
So when spring arrives that doesn’t always mean that you should cut your furnace off for the next few months, in fact if your like most people you will want to continue to use your furnace while the temperatures are falling below 50 or 60 degrees. While heating and cooling your home uses a significant amount of energy if you know how to properly set your thermostat it will save a substantial amount of energy along with money.
During the colder days when you are at home you should set your thermostat at or around 68 degrees and then lower the thermostat 10 to 15 degrees while you are away or sleeping. This is the perfect way to save money in your home while staying comfortable at the same time.
Fluctuating Temperatures Outside
Even when the temperatures outside are all over the place and never the same you can save money and energy. If you have a programmable thermostat you probably have it scheduled to meet your needs in your home, however if the temperature drastically drops or heats up it is important that you manually change your thermostat so that it fits both the temperature outside and the temperature inside your home.
Best thermostat settings for spring
Since spring has both warm and cool days it is important that you set your thermostat to accommodate both the warm and cool temps. As already mentioned above during the cool spring weather you should set your thermostats at 68 degrees and lower the setting while you are away or sleeping.
During the warm spring days however you should set your thermostat at 78 degrees or higher while you are home and then turn your air conditioner off while you are away.
Start saving money this spring
If you follow all of the tips above you are sure to save some money on your energy bills. If you have followed all of the tips above and you still cant tell a difference in you energy bills being cheaper it may be time to install a new thermostat. If your thermostat is old and out of date it more than likely just needs to be replaced because they do become less efficient the older they are.
New thermostat installations are very easy to set up, all you need to do is contact your local heating and cooling company and tell them you are needing to purchase a new thermostat. Now that you know some energy saving tips for spring you can put them to good use and start saving some money.