Winter is here again, bringing cold temperatures back to the Glasgow area for another chilly season. Those cold temperatures result in higher energy consumption and increased energy bills. In this article, we will break down the main reason you see that increase on your bill at the coldest times of the year. We also will showcase some ways you can save money on your electric bill.
Winter Bill FAQ – Why is My Bill Higher in the Winter?
One of the most frequent questions asked about seasonal energy bills is why customers see an increase in their bill even when they don’t change how they use electricity (e.g. not changing the thermostat, no space heater usage, etc.). That answer is answered by first understanding the biggest energy user in your home, your HVAC unit. If you have an electric heat pump, heating your home can account for over 50% of your monthly energy use during the winter. During the coldest times of the year, your heating system is working longer and harder than any other time of the year as it keeps your home at your desired temperature. (See graphic)
Winter Energy Use FAQ – How can I save money on my bill during the winter?
Winter energy bills often are the highest customers see throughout the year, but there are ways to conserve energy and save money on your bill. We at the Glasgow EPB recommend the following:
- Keep the thermostat at 68° F during the winter
- Do not use electric space heaters
- Use electric blankets
- Keep curtains open on the south side of your home and close curtains on the north side to trap warming sunlight.
- Hire a TVA Quality Contractor to insulate crawlspaces and exterior walls
- Set your water heater to 120° F
- Close fireplace dampers when not in use
- Adjust ceiling fans to run counterclockwise
With these tips and a bit more understanding of how your HVAC unit works in the winter, you can make it through the winter without breaking the bank! Follow @GlasgowEPB on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more energy-saving tips!