It’s easy to use extra energy during the coldest months of the year. The thermostat gets a workout, as people typically rack up the costs to stay warm.
There are several ways to lower your energy costs during the winter. Follow the steps below to save while staying cozy at home.
Lower your thermostat
While it’s tempting to crank up the heat, it can also cost 2-3 times as much as cooling it. Set the thermostat to 68 degrees. When you’re sleeping or planning to be away from your home for an extended period, lower the thermostat 7-10 degrees.
It’s common for residential customers to reach for the thermostat as temperatures fall, but one of the more cost-effective ways to stay warm is by putting on the layers. Snuggling up with an electric blanket can also help.
Seal in the heat
Trap in warm air by making sure your windows and doors are sealed tightly to limit outside cold air from entering your home. Weatherstripping and caulking can help lock in heat and prevent wasted energy.
Pay attention to details
Little things like opening your drapes and shades on sunny days can help warm your home. Keeping all your air vents open and opening the doors to the rooms inside your home can improve airflow throughout your home and help you save energy.
Other tips for savings include:
- Check your HVAC air filters monthly and replace them when dirty.
- Keep the fireplace damper closed when the fireplace is not in use.
- Keep your garage door closed.
- With heat pumps, increase temperatures only 2 degrees at a time to avoid shifting into a more expensive heating mode.
- Turn off or unplug unused electronic devices.
- Set your water heater temperature to 115-120 degrees.
Manage your use for a manageable bill
Stay on top of your energy use all year long by tracking your habits in SmartHub. The tool includes robust energy use analytics that allow you to compare energy use over time and against weather data. If you need assistance signing up for SmartHub, call us at 888-554-4732 or visit pec.coop/smarthub.
Analyze your home’s efficiency
Use an interactive Home Efficiency Analysis Tool to find quick tips and fixes, designed around your space, to help you cut down on your energy and costs.