Technology has provided equipment that can modulate output to match the losses or load on the house like you modulate the burner on your stove.
This new technology requires a new strategy for saving energy. This new paradigm is the polar opposite of the old strategy, which means it's counter-intuitive, contradicting long held beliefs. Instead of full off or full on, the equipment gently adjusts up or down to match the need.
Also, we no longer heat the neighborhood. We have tighter, better insulated homes. So lowering temperature doesn't save much, if anything, because it's not cutting losses the way it used to. In fact, now it may cost energy as the equipment has to go to full throttle for recovery thereby reducing condensing efficiencies.
Equipment eventually wears out. Unfortunately most people are not pro-active when it comes to equipment replacement. Good design and decisions are not accomplished at 2 am on the coldest night of the year when the furnace finally quits for good.
HOW CAN YOU BE PROACTIVE? First Step - get your energy history.
- Call gas company and ask.
- Login to your account and get usage history. (Click HERE for RGE)
- Look at current meter read, then look at year ago meter read from a bill and subtract.
- Go to the chart in a recent bill and look at each month. With a straight edge roughly determine the usage and write it down. Add 12 months usage together.
- I REALLY WANT TO SEE YOU if you heat with Natural Gas and spend more than $1.00 per square foot per year. (Oil, Propane, or Electric the number is roughly double)
- I AM HAPPY TO SEE YOU if you spend $.50 to $1.00
- I WILL COME TO SEE YOU if you spend less than $.50, but you are either freezing or your house is already fairly efficient. I hope there are comfort or durability issues you want to address. Please don't expect miracles when it comes to saving money on energy.