Doing multiple things this winter to see where all my energy is being used and where I can fix it. House was built in 2001 and is insulated pretty well. Roughly 1,200 square feet of space. Single level home.
I have done a lot of research to find out the best way to watch all of the energy usage. Normally during the winter time I keep the thermostat at 68, regardless if someone is home or away. After doing some looking around I have discovered that you should really lower you temperature while your not at home and at night (over an hour 8 period). I am now only keeping the temperature at 66 while we are home and lowering the temperature to 62 while away. I also have the thermostat lowering at night down to 62. I am going to play with the lower temperature. Might lower it more but I will see in the coming colder months.
I have also put window film on every interior window to cut down any drafts that might be there. I am also using a Holmes Infrared heater in the living room. We are ONLY using this when we are home, otherwise it is ALWAYS off. I have estimated that if I only use it while we are home and it’s “cold” for the wife then it should only cost anywhere from $10 - $15 a month to run. My thermostat is also located in the living room so I am hoping that the heat being put off will keep the temp up on it and it won’t kick on as much. We shall see on that.
I have the window treatments up during the day. Everything is lowered at sunset so it traps all the heat inside.
Right now in October it has been unusually cold. The temperature outside has already dropped below 32F at night.
I have made a Google Sheets file that is now going to track all of my progress. I am watching how many times the furnace kicks on and then will go from there. Right now I’m getting some really amazing results. I am actually excited for this winter and seeing how efficient I can be this year. I have attached my Google Sheets to show. The 1st three entry’s I made the furnace kick on because I wanted to test my formulas and make sure everything was being put in correctly.
What are you doing to be more efficient during the winter months?