To show how weather affects energy usage, the last week is a great example of how quickly things can change from one day to the next. Looking at this chart, you’ll see that when the high temperature (red line) on Saturday, Feb. 21, reached 62 degrees and the low (blue line) dropped only to 60 degrees, this member used 42 kWh (or about $4 worth of electricity) that day. Fast forward to Monday, Feb. 23, when the high and low temperatures were only 27 degrees, the same United member used 297 kWh (or about $29 worth of electricity) that day because the heating system ran virtually all day.
Heating and cooling are responsible for the largest part of a typical electric bill. Even if you aren’t home, heating units will run to reach the thermostat setting. Even when you lower your thermostat to 60 degrees as you walk out the door to work in the morning, if it’s 30, 40 or even 50 degrees outside, it’s going to affect the ambient air in your home and trigger the heater to turn on.
Use the tips below to ensure your household is using energy wisely.
During these cold weather extremes, please put more emphasis on wasting less energy and controlling your usage. Ask us to perform a free home energy audit to learn which areas in your home waste energy and how to resolve those issues. Click HERE to sign up for your free on-site analysis.
Members Have Access to HVAC Filters at Steep DiscountsA few minutes. That’s all the time it takes to change your home’s air filter and start saving money on your energy bill. If checked and changed regularly, you could realize $70-$100 a year in energy savings. Plus, United has arranged for members to get up to 50% off of new HVAC filters by purchasing online HERE.
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