Space heating is the largest expense in the average U.S. home and accounts for about 45 percent of annual energy bills. So, it may sound like a viable solution to turn off your heat while you sleep to save on heating bills. But does it work?
The simple answer is no.
It will cost you sleep.
According to doctors, the suggested bedroom temperature should be between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal sleep. Turning off the heat during the cold winters will leave you shuddering, uncomfortable and without a good night's sleep.
It will damage your home.
When temperatures drop to below freezing, it can cause water in your pipes to freeze and expand. This expansion within your pipes will eventually lead them to burst.
According to HomeAdvisor, an average homeowner can expect to spend between $1,143 and $4,425 to restore or repair water damage. Are you prepared to take such a big hit to your wallet? The chances are no.
The best way to save money: Turn the heat down, instead of off.
Turning your thermostat back 8°F for 8 hours while you sleep from its normal setting can help you save money on your heating and cooling bills.
According to Energy.gov, every degree you lower the thermostat can net you an estimated 1% off your heating bill. So, for 8° setback for 8 hours a day can save you up to $180 every year.
Invest in a programmable thermostat to create pre-set schedules that automatically set back or set up your temperatures at certain times of the day.
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