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Why Is My Energy Bill Higher in the Winter?

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Want to use less energy in the winter? Learn how to bring that heating bill down.

Why does it seem like your energy bill is higher in the winter? If you’re using your air conditioner in the summer, why isn’t it higher in the summer? There’s a good reason why, and a few good ways to combat those high utility bills.

Why Is It More Expensive to Keep Warm?

In the south, it makes sense that you would use your air conditioner more than you would your heater. The big difference is in the temperature between outside and inside. When the temps are soaring (like into the mid-nineties), you want it to be cool inside. That comfortable cool is generally around 72 degrees. That’s only about a 20 degrees difference.

In the winter, when the temperatures drop into the 30s and 40s, you want to warm up your home to around 72 degrees, same as in the summer. That’s closer to a 30 or 40-degree difference. It takes more energy to warm your house up 30-40 degrees than it does to cool it down 20 degrees.

How to Use Less Energy during the Winter

One way to save money on your heating bills is to lower the temperature in your home by a degree or two. It can make a big difference in your energy usage. If you’re not willing to give up the comfort of your preferred temperature, you can also try adding a smart thermostat. A smart thermostat allows you to customize your heating and cooling with smart programming options to help you stay comfortable while using less energy.

Let our friendly expert team at H.H. Hovey help you stay warm this winter and be more energy efficient. Contact us online now.

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