Between holiday house guests and shorter, colder days, electric bills tend to climb in the winter. Take a look at the kilowatt-hour reading on your November bill versus your December bill. Notice an increase in how much energy you used? That’s typical for this time of year. Let us help take the chill out of winter bills. Read on for ways to save energy when the temperature drops.
Lower your thermostat to 68 degrees (or lower).
If you decrease the temperature by just one degree, you can save up to 5 percent on heating costs. Consider a programmable thermostat that you can set to lower the temperature when away from home and increase before you come back.
Take advantage of heat from the sun.
Adjust blinds and curtains: Keep them open to let in sunlight during the day, and close at night to keep heat inside and protect from drafts. In our sunny state of Colorado, this can make a big difference.
Reduce hot water temperatures.
Heating water accounts for 12 percent of the average home’s energy use. Set your water heater’s thermostat to 120 degrees or lower—that’s usually sufficient for a household’s hot-water needs. Also, if you’ve had your water heater for more than 12 years, you might want to consider replacing it with a more energy-efficient model. Your co-op offers rebates for water heaters.
Seal and insulate.
This is the best way to keep heat in and air out. Areas that may need sealing include corners, cracks, door frames, and windows. Consider adding insulation in your attic as well.
Consider replacing old appliances, doors, and windows with ENERGY STAR-rated models.
You can save about 15 percent of your normal energy use with these appliances and get better insulation on doors and windows for the price you pay. And your co-op offers rebates on many ENERGY-STAR appliances.
Free your vents.
HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems will have to work twice as hard if vents are blocked by rugs, furniture, or doors. Keep vents clear for proper air flow.
Need help with paying your winter bill? Visit here for more ways to save, or call us at 1-800-432-1012 for help.