With the unusually cold winter we have had this year in Houston, Texas, many people know the heartache that comes along with a sky-high energy bill. It often leads to a feeling of having to choose between your comfort and your budget. At Enviromax Services, Inc., we understand that you want to be warm and cozy in your home without having to break the bank, so we’ve listed some tips that will lower your energy costs and save you from the heartache of an expensive energy bill:
- Use a Space Heater
Cut your energy costs by avoiding heating rooms you don’t use often. Instead, set your thermostat to 62 degrees and use a space heater to warm only the room you are in. For additional savings, choose a space heater that is specific for your needs. A radiant heater is best if you want the heat to be concentrated to a certain part of the room, as it emits infrared radiation to heat up whatever is close to it. However, if you want to warm up an entire room, use a convection heater, which heats up the air itself. Keep in mind that space heaters can be a fire hazard, so make sure to always read the safety instructions before use.
- Invest in Insulation
Insulation is a cost-effective and practical way to increase the energy efficiency of your home. Proper insulation prevents heat from escaping, meaning your home will stay warmer without having to run the heater. If your home is not properly insulated, your heater must work harder to keep your house warm, leading to increased energy consumption and a more expensive energy bill. For those needing insulation in their home, Enviromax Services Inc. can help with our professional blown insulation service.
- Bundle Up
One of the easiest ways to save money on your energy bill is by bundling up in blankets, sweaters, and socks. Keep blankets and your favorite pair of warm socks within reach to keep yourself from turning up the thermostat. You can also purchase decorative throws to keep on the couch and provide additional warmth for others in your home.
- Use the Sun to Your Advantage
The sun provides free heat, so use it to your advantage this winter. Open the curtains of all south-facing windows in your home to allow heat to enter your home. Once the sun goes down, close all open curtains to ensure the heat stays trapped in your home.
- Turn Down the Thermostat at Night
You can dramatically reduce your energy costs by simply turning your thermostat down about 10 degrees every night before bed. To keep yourself warm during this time, invest in a warm comforter or flannel sheets for your bed.
No homeowner wants to suffer the heartache of a high energy bill. These tips can easily keep yourself warm during the rest of winter without blowing your budget. To get your heater running at its best and improve its energy efficiency, give Enviromax Services Inc. a call at (713) 466-7555. We are a leading name for AC and heater services in the Cypress, Texas area.