Tips for winter electricity conservation
As we have experienced the past few days, winter weather 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 in order 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 non‐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.
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