Adapting to the dropping temperatures outside can also save you money inside

An easy tip to save money during the cold season
Posted at 4:45 PM, Oct 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-26 19:54:06-04

It's been a mild October, but the cold weather will be here before you know it.

Instead of abruptly turning up the thermostat several degrees, allow your furnace to run less and let your body acclimate to the dropping temperatures outside.

Barry Dicker, with Decent Energy, says that by dropping the thermostat a degree each week you can save money.

"A good area estimate would be that by turning this down by 1°F you will save roughly $20 over the course of our entire heating season," Dicker said. "These smaller changes in settings can help us to improve our comfort."

Interestingly, we experience this acclimation every year outdoors. For example, today's average high is 63 degrees and let's say it was only 48 degrees outside. That's 15 degrees below the average and it feels cold!

Now, let's fast forward 3 months later to January, the average high is 38 and the thermometer reads 48 degrees. That's 10 degrees warmer than average and it feels mild!

I think a lot of us can relate to this with the changing temperatures. Here's what we look like with 45 degrees in October compared to 45 degrees in March.

So if you can adjust to the dropping temperatures outside, you can do the same inside, and therefore, save yourself money!



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