Winter Weather Update

Bitterly cold wind chill readings this morning. Graphic from the National Weather Service

The cold weather continues! Due to the cold weather, there will be no disconnects on January 17 or 18.

Extended cold weather can lead to a higher energy bill because your heater has to work harder than usual to keep your home warm.

Stay safe and warm while saving energy by following these tips:

  • Seal air leaks
    • Use weather stripping or caulk to seal any cracks or gaps around windows, doors and thresholds. Also check your ceiling – make sure that fans and light fixtures are properly sealed to the ceiling to prevent the air in your home from escaping into the attic.
  • Insulate and save
    • Ensure you have adequate insulation in your attic. This helps keeps warm air in your house rather than allowing it to escape into the attic.
  • Be smart about your thermostat
    • Lower the setting on your thermostat to 68 degrees or as low as is comfortable, and maintain that temperature setting throughout the cold snap. Your heater has to work harder when temperatures are frigid, so lower temperature settings can lead to savings. Stay warm by wearing layers and adding extra blankets to beds.
  • Switch to LED lighting for year-round savings
    • LEDs are more efficient than incandescent bulbs and CFLs. Make the switch to LED bulbs in your home and enjoy increased efficiency that will create savings now and all year round!
  • Save hot water
    • It takes energy to heat water, and you can save by adjusting your water heater’s setting to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, installing high efficiency showerheads, and washing clothes in cold water.