Living in the mountain region has made me get accustomed to the fact that in most parts of the year, the temperatures are lower compared to the other parts of the country, where it gets generally warmer. When I moved here initially, I struggled to keep warm and this affected my electricity bills in a manner that meant I had to dig deeper into my pockets at the end of the month. I embarked on finding ways to ensure such bills were kept to their lowest. Below are a few ways I have learned about how to keep electricity bills even in cold regions such as the mountains.
Investing in insulation
Living in a cabin or a wooden house is a good thing, but unlike concrete, wood leaves spaces that can allow cold air to enter the house. If such spaces are not dealt with, this can increase the power bill by a significant amount. One of the best ways to deal with this is to insulate the house, which takes care of these spaces and adds more mass to the wood, meaning less heat loss. It also helps in controlling moisture, making the house more livable.
While insulating, ensure that all the ducts, plumbing pipes and TV cables are dealt with as these contribute highly to heat loss leading to up to 30 percent of heating costs. I save up to 20 percent on heating bills annually since I embarked on insulation.
Adjusting the thermostat when no one is in the house
Most of us set the thermostat once and forget about it not knowing that it might as well not be needed for times such as when we have gone to work and the kids are in school. I have learned to teach my thermostat to save me money by setting it to up to 15 degrees cooler during the times I am away from the house so that it keeps the house warm enough without having to consume much energy. This helps me save up to 10 percent of my heating bills.
Replacing and repairing the windows
A lot of houses lose so much on heating through the window without even knowing. It is assumed that once the glasses are fitted, the windows will keep away the cold air. On the contrary, most windows leak cold air inside the house unsuspected leading to more energy being consumed to keep the air warmer.
Window types such as jalousie and double-hung should be replaced as they are the worst culprits when it comes to heat loss through their cast iron uninsulated boxes. These can be replaced with double-pane thermal windows that hold heat back using the dead air space between two panes. They also help homeowners take advantage of the solar heat absorbed from the environment.
Before I replaced my windows, I achieved this by fixing a transparent plastic sheet over my unused windows in the house. The bottom line is, there is an amount in your heating bill that you do not have to pay.