How to Keep Heating Costs Low on Cooler Florida DaysPublished on: December 1, 2014
Despite the relatively mild winters in the Southeastern U.S., most Florida residents are concerned with lowering their heating costs during cooler weather. There are a number of ways to reduce heating costs while still enjoying a high level of comfort. These tips will help ensure your home stays toasty warm at the lowest possible energy costs.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
Programmable thermostats save you money by controlling thermostat settings automatically based on when you’re at work, asleep or home. For every degree you set back the thermostat for eight hours, you can save up to 3 percent on heating costs. Program the thermostat 10 degrees lower than normal when you’re at work or sleeping, and keep it between 65 and 70 degrees when you’re at home.
Seal Air Leaks
No matter how efficient your heating system is, air leaks will make it work harder to compensate for the loss of warm air and the infiltration of cold air. Use caulk to seal leaks around doors and windows, service entrances, along baseboards, and around recessed lighting fixtures. Install pre-cut foam insulators behind outlet and light switch plates on exterior walls, and install door sweeps on exterior doors.
And don’t forget the ducts. Leaky ducts can result in an air loss of up to 40 percent. Seal leaky duct joints with mastic sealant or metal tape.
Add Attic Insulation
Inadequately insulated attics are a major culprit when it comes to higher heating costs. Make sure the attic has between 12 and 15 inches of insulation to keep your home warmer and reduce the load on your heating system.
Reduce the Water Heater Temperature
A surefire way to reduce heating costs is to set the water heater thermostat at 120 degrees instead of the factory-set 140 degrees. This can save you about 6 percent on water heating costs. Install low-flow fixtures in the bathroom and kitchen to further reduce your energy bills and conserve water.
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