Heating and Cooling
A lot of us have begun to feel the pinch of summer cooling bills; as the seasons begin to switch we may see some relief in our bills but the heating season is approaching fast. The general idea is that cooling is the most expensive season, but is this true? According to the U.S. Department of Energy 10% of our costs come from cooling, while 31% come from heating. With this in mind we are entering the most expensive time of year for our utility bills.
Why is it that most of us regard the summer as being more expensive than the winter? It is because summer cooling bills are compacted into 2-3 months. This means that you receive 2-3 gigantic cooling bills. Winter heating months can last a lot longer, so your bills are more evenly spread out. You pay more in the long run, but less each time. (Obviously this changes depending on where you live in the nation)
So what can you do to reduce your costs as the most expensive season arrives? The answer is monitoring your energy usage in real-time. Knowledge is power, and through this power we can make changes that will impact our bills. Adjusting the thermostat a few degrees, unplugging expensive space heaters when they aren’t in use and changing air filters can potentially all be huge savings! If you cannot measure it, you cannot control.