With the official end of winter still weeks away, we’re all looking for ways to stay cozy at home without breaking the bank. A few easy tips may translate to savings on your next energy bill.
Wherever you set your thermostat, lowering it 2° to 4° degrees uses up to 10-20% less electricity. You can easily save energy in the winter by setting the thermostat to around 68°F to 70°F while you’re awake and setting it lower while you’re asleep or away from home. * Programmable thermostats will avoid any discomfort by returning temperatures to normal before you wake or return home. **
Keep it Fresh
Your home uses as much electricity when it’s 32° as when it’s 95°.** Make sure you’re heating efficiently by changing air filters every three months, especially if you have pets.
Closing your curtains at night keeps up to 10% more warm air inside.** And be sure to check windows and doors for possible leaks.
Flip and Save
Running your ceiling fans clockwise pushes warm air down into the room. And you can layer up with an electric blanket for a few cents an hour.
Find you Energy Guzzlers
Did you know your water heater may be one of your highest energy users? Here are some ways to save.
- Lower it to 120°. Going on vacation? Turn it off.
- Take shorter showers – you’ll save water and energy.
- Wash your clothes in cold water to cut your washer’s energy usage in half.
Remember, a little can go a long way when it comes to saving on electricity. Check out our Appliance Guide for a full list of high users and how to cut back
*Data from the Department of Energy
**Based on 2023 electric heat customer data.