As the winter season begins, many homeowners find themselves with much higher energy bills and think their furnace is to blame. However, there are several reasons why your energy bills increase in the winter and just as many ways to help mitigate that higher cost.
Why is my energy bill so high in the winter?
When the colder months bring higher energy bills, it’s important to understand that there are many changing factors involved in the increase. Not only do the colder temperatures make you turn the heat up more, but most people are also home a lot more during the winter. The holidays are characterized by spending time with family and friends, so it’s only natural that you’re in your home more. Holiday decorations, like Christmas lights, also drive your energy bill up by being on for hours each day.
Winter Energy Efficiency Tips
It would be a shame to go without holiday decorations and family time to lower the electricity bill, so follow these tips to keep your home energy-efficient this winter.
- Upgrade to a programmable thermostat and customize your heating schedule.
- Lower your thermostat, especially when you’re asleep.
- Get a tune-up before winter and check your filters often.
- Don’t heat uninsulated rooms, like garages.
- Invest in LED holiday lighting for longer, more efficient use.
- Make sure windows and doors are sealed.
All of this being said, your furnace can be the source of your skyrocketing energy bills. However, you should look for more than just high energy bills if you suspect that your furnace needs to be replaced. If the following symptoms describe your furnace, it may need replacement:
- Over 15 years old
- Requires frequent repairs
- Strange sounds during operation
- Uneven heating
- The burner flame is yellow, not blue
If your furnace has any combination of the above problems on top of high energy bills, contact a professional to inspect it and recommend a plan of action.