A smart thermostat helps you save on your energy bill—about $131 to $145 a year, according to a study by Nest Thermostat—and helps you use the heat in your home more efficiently. Smart thermostats learn your behaviors, so they know the best times to lower or raise the temperature, all while maintaining a comfortable environment. Plus, you’re always in control with access to the dial on your smartphone.
But if your heating and cooling system isn’t necessarily new, you could spend a lot of money trying to install a new dial that isn’t compatible. That said, consider hiring a professional before you replace your current thermostat to ensure compatibility, any wiring needs and whether the thermostat will need a new location in your home.
Or try this: Run your ceiling fans in reverse
Ceiling fans during winter? Yes, you read that correctly. This is actually one of the simpler ways to stay warm that not only puts the heat you have in your home to good use, but it can also help save money—up to 10 percent on your heating costs.
Here’s how it works: Hot air rises, while cold air sinks. Simple, right? Well, kind of—until ceiling fans are involved. Your fan’s blades are angled, which helps to force air up or down—based on which direction the blades are moving. During the winter, your blades should move clockwise (or reverse), so cooler air rises and warmer air is forced down into your living quarters.
Oh, and we have good news: On most fans, there’s a little switch that does the work for you.
For controlling the drafts around your windows