Give winter weather the cold shoulder with these energy-saving tips

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With average winter temperatures in our area ranging from the low-30s to the mid-50s, this time of year is often associated with higher bills. However, that doesn’t have to be the case! Making a few small changes in your energy use habits can make your bill more manageable.

Follow these simple energy efficiency tips to help melt away high bills this winter:

  1. Use cold water to wash your clothes whenever possible to save on water heating costs.
  2. Seal leaks around doors and windows with caulk or weather stripping to prevent cool air from coming in your home.
  3. Set ceiling fan blades to slowly rotate clockwise in winter to push warm air down into the room.
  4. Use a smart or programmable thermostat to set a temperature schedule so you’re not heating your home when you’re not there.
  5. Lower the temperature setting on your water heater to 120°F. This is warm enough to keep you comfortable without breaking the bank.
  6. Keep blinds and curtains open on sunny days to let the sun heat your home. But don’t forget to close them once the sun sets!
  7. Bundle up with blankets while you are sleeping so you can lower the thermostat and still be comfortable. We recommend keeping your thermostat at 68°F in the winter.
  8. Wrap your water heater with an insulated blanket to prevent heat from escaping your tank.

Click here for more information about how to control your bill this winter.