At North Central Florida Heating and Air, we provide our customers with the highest quality of service possible. When we inspect your HVAC unit, we offer you suggestions on how to improve your system and the overall comfort of your home. Outside of your home, we want to continue to provide you with tips and tricks that will not only improve your system, but improve your lifestyle overall. One of the subjects that we really like to provide information on are ways to conserve energy and lower your bill. We’ve talked about tools you can use and ways to improve your home, but in this post we’re going to touch on how the time of day that you use your heater could drastically lower your bill this winter!
What many people don’t know is that your electric bill isn’t entirely based off the amount that you use. When your electricity provider calculates your bill, they take your use, as well as the time that you’re using your electricity, into account. The time that you are using your electricity is important because different hours charge differently. So, if you are coming home from work at 5 and turning on your heater, you are in fact being charged more than you would later in the night.
In order to minimize your electric bill, start by knowing what the on peak, and off peak, hours are! During the off peak hours, your electricity will be lower, and you’ll be charged more for any energy used during the on peak hours. From April to October, 6 am – 4 pm and 8 pm – 6 am are the off peak hours and 4 – 8 pm are on peak hours. During the months of November to March, 10 am – 5 pm and 8 pm – 6 am are the off peak hours and 6 – 10 am and 5 – 8 pm are going to be the on peak hours.
You may be noticing that the hours that you’re charged less are during the times that you’re not home. Unfortunately, that is the case. But now that you know this, you can take into consideration when you’re letting your heater or air run. During the summer, run the air while you’re gone and come home to a nice cool house so that you can lower the thermostat when you get home.
Check back on our blog frequently for more ways that you can conserve energy and improve the durability and maintenance of your HVAC unit. For any repair questions or quotes, contact North Central Florida Heating and Air in High Springs!