The Relationship Between Weather and Energy Usage
The weather has a significant impact on natural gas and electricity usage. Heatwaves are frequently mentioned as having an impact on price, but it’s not only hot weather that can have an impact. Extreme colds or big storms also have a significant influence on supply and demand, which can lead to price changes.
Weather Conditions and Energy Usage
As the temperature rises, so do cooling needs, resulting in peaks in power usage. So much so that these requests might account for up to 50% of your total bill. When you leave your house for any period of time, put your air conditioner’s fan to “auto” and your thermostat between 78 F and 82+ to save electricity. We recommend upgrading to a programmable thermostat to make life easier. We can assist you with this update! Additionally, clean or replace the air filter on a regular basis to improve efficiency.
During periods of extreme cold, portable heaters and strip heaters are among the top sources of power consumption, putting a burden on your pocketbook and the electrical system. To avoid heating unoccupied spaces, make sure to close vents in rooms that are not being occupied.
What Can You do to Lower My Energy Consumption?
- Install a thermostat that can be programmed. (We can assist with this!)
- Have your HVAC system serviced at least once a year.
- Every 6 months, replace your air filter.
- Seal gaps around windows, doors, ducts, chimneys, outlets, and cables to prevent air leakage.
- Consider replacing your windows.
- Make sure you have enough insulation.
Interested in more tips on saving energy & money during extreme weather conditions? Contact Transformation Electric today!