Did You Know? March 2019

Large home appliances are the biggest electricity users in the average home.

hand holding dollar bills adjusting temperature on thermostatAmong these, the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system requires the most power. The typical HVAC system uses 6,000 watts per hour to operate. That’s six times more than the typical refrigerator uses in the same time period.

About 45 percent of a home’s energy is used for heating and cooling. But reducing the temperature in your home by 10 degrees for only eight hours a day can save 10 percent on your energy use and costs every year, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Investing in a smart thermostat is the easiest and best way to manage your heating and cooling costs these days. A smart thermostat can be manually programmed, but it can also learn as you use it and create a schedule based on your preferences. It can turn itself down when you’re away, guide you to energy-efficient settings and provide monthly energy reports.

A smart thermostat can be monitored, set up and managed from a computer, smartphone or tablet that is connected to Wi-Fi. Sensors can work with a smart thermostat to identify which rooms are cooler or warmer and adjust settings for you.

Click here for ways to reduce what you pay to heat and cool your home.