Question by simplecomplexvoid: Does it save money to turn your heat off completely when your away from home?
I just moved into a new place and I’m trying to save as much money as possible. My place is a large upper of a duplex. My neighbors downstairs usually run their heat most of the day. My question is, will it save money to completely turn off the heat when I leave the house? Or will it cost more to heat up the place when I get home? Also, is there a risk my pipes will burst because of the cold? Or are my neighbors taking care of that by running their heat? Also, the previous tenants were spending on average $ 180 per month on energy. There were 5 people living there. I’m in the apartment alone, so is it likely that my utility bills will be less?
So my pipes are still at risk of bursting? Currently I have the heat completely off when I’m away and usually when I’m there I just wrap up in warm clothes or a blanket and keep it real low. It seems that people are saying that it doesn’t save money cuz the gas heat will work harder and others are saying that’s incorrect. What is the REAL truth?
I’ve already got a programmable thermostat and I know how to use it, just trying to get some info about saving money on my utility bills and also if I’m at risk of having burst pipes if I use my solution.
Answer by Phurface
No because it would cost more to reheat the home. Turn it down to 68º when you leave for the day. Since you’re alone, you can shut off rooms that you don’t use that often and shut the registers in them also.
Unfortunately I forgot to turn my heat down this morning on my way out.
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