Cool weather tips

We want to help you manage your energy costs. Instead of reaching for the thermostat when it is bitterly cold outside, take a conservative approach to staying warm and keeping costs down. The following winter energy savings tips will help you save money and energy.

Window tips

Window tips

  • Open drapes, blinds and curtains during the day to allow the sunlight to enter and warm your home. Close them at night to prevent the chill you may feel from cold windows.
  • Weatherize your home – caulk and weather strip doors and windows that may leak air.
     

Thermostats

Thermostats

Adjust your thermostat down two degrees in the winter. Using a programmable thermostat can help you save up to 10% energy usage.

HVAC

HVAC

Properly maintain and clean your home's heating equipment.

Insulation

Insulation

Check and, if necessary, add insulation, especially in your attic and the exterior and basement walls or crawl spaces in your home.

Fireplaces

Fireplaces

Keep fireplace doors and dampers closed when the fireplace is not in use.

Space Heating

Space Heating

If using a space heater, make sure it meets the latest safety standards and carries the Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL) label. Keep space heaters at least three feet from anything that can catch fire, such as drapes, bed linens and furniture.

Stay cozy

Stay cozy

  • Add blankets to your bed.
  • Wear warm clothing and socks and/or shoes in your home during the winter to help you feel warmer.