I haven't touched my thermostat. Why is my bill higher?

I haven't touched my thermostat. Why is my bill higher?

I haven't touched my thermostat. Why is my bill higher?


Temperature

The colder the outside air temperature is, the more energy it takes to heat your home; likewise, the warmer the outside air temperature is, the more energy it takes to cool your home. When you set your thermostat, (recommended at 68 degrees for winter) you are trying to get the inside temperature of your home to reach that setting. If your thermostat is set at 68 degrees and the outside temperature is 50 degrees, your heat pump will work to raise the inside air temperature in your home to 68 degrees. If the outside temperature drops to 30 degrees, it takes more energy for your heat pump to maintain the inside air temperature to the 68 degrees. Here is the temperature chart for January and February 2021, as presented by the National Weather Service in Morristown, TN. The average high temp for January was 47 degrees. The average low temp was 33 degrees. The average high temperature during February was 51 degrees. The average low temp was 32 degrees. .


Thermostat Settings

The U.S. Dept. of Energy and Energy Star both recommend a residential thermostat setting at 68 degrees in the winter and 78 degrees in the summer. Many consumers do not feel “comfortable” at these settings. Comfort is key. Consumers may want to find a thermostat setting that brings “comfort” to their individual home. For some, that setting may be 72 degrees in the winter; for others, it may be 70 degrees. The average rule is that every 1 degree that you move your thermostat, it creates up to 5% difference in your home energy costs.

 


Tips for Staying Warm and Saving Money

  • Wear a sweater, socks or an extra layer of clothing.
  • Use throw blankets.
  • The use of a ceiling fan on it’s lowest setting to move warm air through the room and make you more comfortable.
  • Open curtains on south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home, and close them at night to reduce the chill.
  • Caulk or install weather-stripping to seal air leaks around leaky doors and windows.
  • Close your fireplace damper when not in use.

Additional Tips for Energy Savings

  • Contact AEC for a Free Home Energy Audit.
  • Add insulation to your attic, walls and flooring.
  • Replace existing light bulbs with LED bulbs.
  • Air-dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle.
  • Use the microwave instead of a conventional electric range/oven.
  • Unplug or switch off power strip for electronics when not in use.
  • Lower the thermostat on your water heater to 120 degrees.
  • Wash in cold water and dry consecutive loads.
  • Unplug and remove old refrigerators and freezers not in use.
  • Change your air filters monthly.

For more information or to discuss your electric bill with a representative, contact us at extension 1880