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Winter Energy Tips


Winter Energy Tips


  • Close the door and isolate unused rooms in your home to reduce the overall space you heat.
  • Activate your computer’s power management features, so it powers down when sitting idle.
  • Weather-strip doors and windows that do not seal tightly. Use foam gaskets around electrical outlets (under the plates) to reduce drafts.
  • Make the most of natural sunlight in the winter by opening window coverings on south-facing windows to warm your home.
  • Remove furniture or items that block heating vents.
  • Clean or change your furnace filter monthly so that your furnace doesn’t have to work as hard.
  • Set your thermostat as low as is comfortable in the winter. For every degree you lower the thermostat, you can save 3% on your heating bill. You should also turn down your thermostat 5 to 10 degrees at bedtime.
  • Increase ceiling insulation. If your ceiling is not insulated or needs more insulation, you can reduce heating costs by 5-25 percent by increasing your insulation to up to R-38.
  • Install a programmable thermostat. Setback thermostats can save up to 15 percent on energy costs.
  • When buying new appliances, choose ENERGY STAR-certified models. A new ENERGY STAR refrigerator uses about 20 percent less energy than a standard new refrigerator, and 46 percent less than one made in 1980. A new Energy Star® clothes washer uses nearly 50 percent less energy than a standard washer.