Since 1792, The Old Farmer’s Almanac has been known for its traditionally 80 percent accurate forecasts. From pig spleens to persimmon seeds, weather folklore has it quirks but is historically pretty dang accurate. This year’s predictions from The Old Farmer’s Almanac predict a mild winter for Florida and that means we could save on heating this winter.

“Winter will be milder and drier than normal, with the coldest temperatures in mid- and late January into early February and the second half of February. April and May will be hotter than normal, with rainfall above normal in the north and below normal in the south. Summer will be slightly cooler and drier than normal, with the hottest periods in late June, mid-July, and mid-August. Watch for tropical storm threats in mid-June and mid- to late July. September and October will be warmer and drier than normal. Watch for a hurricane threat in mid-September and a tropical storm threat in mid- to late October.”

If it’s true, we can save on heating this season. Here are a five ideas for how to save energy this winter. 

Lower thermostats save on heating this winter

For every one degree that you lower your thermostat, you’ll save about 5% on heating costs. Heat your home to 68 degrees or cooler and get out those fuzzy socks and sweaters to keep warm. For all you adventurers out there, lower the thermostat to 65 degrees at bedtime or when you’re away. This will save energy this winter and lower your power bill. 

Space heaters can help save on heating

If you must use a space heater, use them only for short periods of time and not as a primary heat source. Keep flammable materials away and avoid using extension cords. Turn the space heater off and unplug it when you’re leaving the room for an extended period of time. 

Take advantage of the sun’s heat and light 

During sunny days, open the curtains and let some sunlight in. The rays will help warm you up even on the coldest days. Be sure to close the curtains at night. 

Try shorter showers and cooler water

While most water heaters are set at 140 degrees, but if you lower that setting to 115 or 120, you’ll still have plenty of hot water. Couple that with shorter showers, and you have a recipe for a little more money at the end of the month. 

Reverse ceiling fans 

If you have ceiling fans, reverse the direction so they are moving clockwise. This moves warm air that rises down to the floor where it keeps you warmer. 

Leonard’s Air is your local, trusted HVAC company in Land O’ Lakes and surrounding communities.  If you have any questions about heating or air conditioning, give them a call at 813-428-6086 or visit them online at www.leonardsair.com.  

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