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Don’t let record low temps set record high bills

Simple ways to save during the winter weather

With ice, snow, and freezing temperatures all finding their way to the PEC service area, we know members may be concerned about the cost of keeping warm. That’s why we’ve created this handy list of simple tips for you to save energy, and money, despite the cold.

Lower the thermostat

Did you know heating your home can cost up to three times as much as cooling it? Set your thermostat to 68 degrees or lower, and be aware of temperature fluctuations. When you’re away from home, you can drop the temperature for even more savings.

If you use a heat pump, make sure it’s running correctly, and increase the temperature in 2-degree increments only to avoid shifting into a more expensive heating mode.

Check your HVAC filters

Change HVAC filters regularly to ensure your unit is working as efficiently as possible. Replace every 90 days, or anytime they look dirty enough to strain airflow.

Bundle up

Get cozy with layers, blankets, and a cup of something warm. This may allow you to set the thermostat lower — and it’s a nice excuse to spend some extra time under the covers!

Open the vents

Keep all supply vents and interior doors open to ensure maximum airflow throughout the house.

If the sun comes out, let it in

Opening the drapes and shades on sunny days can take some of the load off of your HVAC. On dim days, keep them closed for a little extra insulation.

Seal the gaps

If you have weather stripping handy, add it to doors and windows. Caulk can be used to seal any gaps where plumbing or electrical wires enter or exit your home or foundation.

Be prepared

As severe winter weather continues to make its way through the Hill Country, we are closely monitoring conditions and working hard to keep your power on. Our dedicated lineworkers are ready to respond across the service territory. Forecasts are showing wintry weather into next week, which increases the potential for outages to occur, despite our best efforts. Follow our tips to be prepared.