Friday, February 21, 2014

A Tough WINTER HEATING Season is behind us!

Savings from Thermostat Operation
You can easily save energy in the winter by setting the thermostat to 68°F while you're awake and setting it lower while you're asleep or away from home. By turning your thermostat back 10° to 15° for 8 hours, you can save 5% to 15% a year on your heating bill -- a savings of as much as 1% for each degree if the setback period is eight hours long. You can do this automatically by using a programmable thermostat and scheduling the times you turn on the heating. Programmable thermostats are generally not recommended for heat pumps. In its cooling mode, a heat pump operates like an air conditioner, so turning up the thermostat (either manually or with a programmable thermostat) will save energy and money. But when a heat pump is in its heating mode, setting back its thermostat can cause the unit to operate inefficiently, thereby canceling out any savings achieved by lowering the temperature setting.
Portable Electric Space Heaters
Portable electric heaters are generally more expensive to operate than combustion heaters. They can also pose burn and fire hazards and should be used with caution. Portable electric heaters should be plugged directly into the wall outlet and never run off an extension cord.
Heating Fuel Comparison