What you can do to fight low temps, high bills

What you can do to fight low temps, high bills

Nicholas Sakelaris | CoServ

The chill of winter can cause energy bills to spike as Texans crank up their heaters and take long, hot showers. This is especially true for CoServ Members with all-electric homes and apartments.

Electric heaters cost up to four times more to operate than their natural gas counterparts, said Josh Sterling, Energy Efficiency Supervisor at CoServ. This is why Members in all-electric households could see a spike in energy bills during the winter.

“It’s going to be more than your air conditioning bill,” he said. “When those coils activate, you’re turning on an oven, basically. It’s running long enough to have to heat that house. Those electric resistance heat strips, they’re using a lot more energy than what a gas heater would use.”

If electric heat is your only option, Josh recommends installing a system with a heat pump.

 “The heat pump is going to work like an air conditioner in reverse,” he said. “It uses heat from the air outside to warm your home.”

Heat pumps do have limitations, however, based on the temperature outside or if you try to heat the house by 5 degrees or more at once.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM A COSERV ENERGY ASSESSMENT

Josh and his team of Energy Advisors conduct free Energy Assessments for Members.

CoServ offers three forms of Energy Assessments: By phone, online and on-site. Visit CoServ.com/EnergyAssessments to find out which is right for you.

An on-site CoServ Energy Assessment includes a thorough inspection of your home – inside and out, including the attic – with special attention paid to:

  • Windows
  • Window caulking
  • Ventilation system
  • Lighting
  • Weather stripping
  • Appliances and electronics
  • Insulation barriers and duct work

 

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