In winter, we all tend to overheat our homes. Some we even like to walk around in a t-shirt. Except that the bill is high. To avoid surprises when you receive your electricity bill, follow the valuable tips below. Sometimes it is enough to change a few of our bad habits to get a positive result. Of our bills, electric heating often accounts for 50%. While improving our comfort, we can reduce this amount. Here are some recommendations to follow :
Tips and tricks to save on heating
Heat your home according to your needs. During the day, when you are at home, we recommend setting the heating to 21 degrees. At night and when you are away from the house, it is recommended to set the thermostat to 18-19 degrees. Change your thermostats! If your thermostats are old, it is advisable to change them and replace them for electronic thermostats. Some are programmable, which means, we can decide exactly when we want to raise or lower the temperature. Thus, the temperature will be constant and therefore more comfortable. In addition, we can reduce our heating bill. Watch out for drafts! Did you know that you can lose approximately 30% of the heat in your home through poorly fitted windows and doors? These are often the cause of this heat loss because they can allow cool air to pass through which cools the entire room. To find out, you can pass a candle in front of each door or window and see if the flame flickers or not. In the positive case, it means that there is indeed a draft. If this is the case, you can seal the leaks with insulating foam, and do the same at the outlets, which also cause some drafts. On the window side, it is better to put curtains rather than blinds. These will retain heat better overnight. Turn off the heat when ventilating rooms. When cold air enters the room, the heating starts to rise again. To avoid this loss of energy, lower your thermostat and turn it back up when you close the window. Use solar power! During the day, leave your blinds and curtains open so as to heat your home naturally and free of charge using the sun. This principle of the greenhouse effect allows light to pass through windows and heat rooms. If your rooms are exposed due south, you will gain more heat there, do the opposite in summer. Avoid placing objects or curtains on the ventilation outlets, as these can obstruct the circulation of hot air in your home. It is said that 20% of the heat is reduced if the ventilation grill is obstructed by an object or furniture. In addition, we strongly recommend dusting your grates. Just cleaning them from time to time will help reduce your bill. Lower your thermostats as soon as you leave your home. Cutting your bill drastically is not impossible. If you lower your thermostat by 3 to 4 degrees while you are away, and if you lower it before going to bed, you can lower your bill by 20%. Watch out for your hot water and bath consumption! It is said that the water heater represents 10 to 30% of the energy bill. To reduce it, there are a few simple things you can do, such as showering rather than bathing and if possible, washing in cold water rather than hot water. If you have a dishwasher, wait until it's full to run it, then leave the door open to air dry the dishes. Household appliances. It is common for large appliances to consume a lot of energy. We recommend that you use the microwave, toaster or kettle as much as possible, rather than the oven or stove, which will use a lot more energy. When you cook something on the stovetop, remember to put the lid on so you don't lose heat and allow the food to cook faster. In addition, beware of large freezers! These consume a lot of energy. Like the dryer, it's hard to do without. Why not invest in a clothesline for the summer, and air dry your laundry. You will save a lot of money on your electric bill! Finally, watch out for air conditioning in summer. Some devices are expensive in energy. Why not consider purchasing a heat pump? These devices allow you to heat in winter, and cool rooms in summer ... and are therefore more economical!