Winter Savings Tips

During colder months:

  • We recommend 68 degrees or lower. If you have a heat pump, adjust your thermostat in I-degree increments to avoid activing the costly auxiliary heat. 
  • Seal air leaks: Drafts can increase your heating bill by 20 percent. 
  • Use less hot water: Adjust the temperature setting on your water heater to 120 degrees. 
  • Limit use of space heaters :Instead, consider small electric blankets. 
  • Spare fridge or freezer? If not kept full, it should be emptied and unplugged until needed.

Here are some other suggestions for saving energy this winter:

  • Use a programmable thermostat. 
  • Have your heating system serviced annually. 
  • Check your filters monthly and change when dirty. 
  • Don't block heat supply or return air vents with furniture or other objects. 
  • Keep outside heating unit free of debris. 
  • Ensure ductwork is well insulated.  
  • Remove window air-conditioning units during winter. 
  • Make sure your fireplace damper seals tightly and remains closed except when a fire is burning. 
  • Open drapes and curtains to let the sun in during the day. 
  • Ensure windows and doors seal tightly when closed.
  •  Is your home's insulation up to current standard? Is some missing or compressed? There should be about 13" or R-38 in attics, R-15 for walls and 6" or R-19 in crawl space floors. 
  • Do not run ceiling fans in the winter.

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1. Winter Savings Tips
2. Summer Savings Tips
3. Air Leaks & Insulation
4. Fans
5. Filters
6. Lighting
7. Thermostats
8. Unplug
9. Water Heating
10. Windows