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Power for Progress: Electricity conservation in the winter

Power for Progress: Electricity conservation in the winter

Saving energy during the winter season
This week, the Grand River Dam Authority offers a few tips that could help you conserve electricity during the winter months.

Power for Progress …

   A weekly column from the Grand River Dam Authority

Electricity conservation in the winter

Although it is not always the case, we do know that wintertime in Oklahoma can sometimes mean extreme cold temperatures, heavy winds, snow, and ice. In such instances, staying warm and staying safe are the top priorities. However, there are steps you take in your own home to help conserve electricity and increase efficiency, even during the coldest times of the year. Here are a few to keep in mind:

  • Consider lowering your thermostat to at least 68 degrees. Or, if possible, consider wearing additional layers to set the thermostat even lower.
  • If you have a smart/programmable thermostat, consider setting it back 10 degrees when you know you will be sleeping or out of the house. That can save as much as 10 percent on your annual heating/cooling bills.
  • If you have a heat pump, maintain a moderate setting, or use a programmable thermostat specially designed for use with heat pumps.
  • Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120°F). You will save energy and can avoid scalding your hands.
  • Turn off and unplug nonā€essential lights and appliances. Try to avoid using large appliances like your washer, dryer, electric oven, or dishwasher during colder days. When you are using your oven try to limit how often you open the door. Every time you do, some heat/energy escapes.
  • Close shades and blinds to reduce the amount of heat lost through windows.
  • Have electronics that you are not using? Unplug them.

These are just a few tips that can help you conserve electricity in your home this winter.

GRDA is Oklahoma’s state-owned electric utility; fully funded by revenues from electric and water sales instead of taxes. Each day, GRDA strives to be an “Oklahoma agency of excellence” by focusing on the 5 E’s: electricity, economic development, environmental stewardship, employees, and efficiency.


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