Energy Savings

Warm up your home without cranking up the heat

Six heating tips that won’t break the bank

Don’t let the winter blues bring you down! Here’s a few ways you can save the most on your electric bill during the wintertime, and keep your home and your family nice and toasty.

tip 1 Set your thermostat to 68 degrees during the winter and 7 to 10 degrees lower while you’re asleep or away from home.
tip 2 Open south- and west- facing curtains and blinds during the middle of the day.
tip 3 Use weatherstripping for the movable parts of doors and windows, and use caulk around window frames and baseboards to seal in warmth and prevent air leaks.
tip 4 Install a timer on your water heater so that it only runs when you need it.
tip 5 Turn on portable heaters in the evenings in enclosed, occupied spaces like bathrooms or bedrooms.
tip 6 Close your fireplace damper when you don’t have a fire burning. An open damper can cause major heat loss throughout your home.

And don’t forget winter peak times! Steer away from using major appliances like the dishwasher, the washing machine and dryer from 5–8 a.m. and 4–7 p.m.

For even more ways to save, visit our Energy-Saving Tips page.