Should You Shut Off Your Heat?


(WTNH) — Thermostat goes up and down, windows go up and down, fan goes on…fan goes off…

Enough! I’m lost, I don’t know what to do. One day I have the heat on, then I shut it off an open the windows. Am I wasting a bunch time and even worse money? In a way, yes. Let’s take a closer look.

Maritza Estremera, Energize Connecticut said “The problem is when you do turn on the heating system, you’re using so much energy it’s certainly exhausting you heating and cooling system. We suggest you keep it as stable as possible to extend the life of that heating or cooling system.”

Okay so don’t shut your system completely off, but there is a right way to heat your house with weather like this. Think beyond the next 8 hours. If your house is a bit warm during the day, keep the windows shut if you know it’s going to get chilly at night.

On cooler days, don’t forget to open the blinds, especially ones that face the sun. This will help the sun enter and warm your house up without costing you a penny.

I’m a big believer in programmable thermostats. It cost me $100 to get this, and has saved me hundreds in heating and cooling since I bought it. But be careful, if you cool the house down too much, it will take a lot of energy to heat it up, so be reasonable when turning it down when you’re not home.

One final tip, as the weather starts to get warmer, wait until night-time to run your dish washer or dryer. They create heat that will help keep your house warm at night instead of making it uncomfortably warm during the day.

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