Winter Energy Savings

Don't let those winter bills give you chills! Use the following energy-saving tips to help keep costs down this winter:

Home Heating
  • Keep drapes, curtains, shades and blinds open during the day to take advantage of the heat from the sun (especially on south-facing windows).

  • Set the thermostat to 68 degrees Fahrenheit or the lowest comfortable setting.

  • Change air filters monthly.

  • Close the damper when the fireplace is not in use. A chimney is designed to remove by-products from a fire by creating a draft. The draft also pulls the warmed air from your home. Even without a fire in the fireplace, there will still be a draft in the chimney as long as there's a temperature difference between indoors and out.

  • Caulk and weatherstrip around windows, doors and openings to the outside to prevent air infiltration.

  • Make sure that the connections at vents and registers are well-sealed where they meet the floors, walls, and ceiling. These are common locations to find leaks and disconnected ductwork. Also make sure that all vents are clear of any furniture or rugs to improve air flow and comfort.

  • Space heaters should only be used to heat a small space, not the entire home as they can result in higher electric bills.

  • Use ceiling fans to distribute heat around the room. Most fans have a switch that allows you to reverse the motor and operate the ceiling fan in the opposite direction. This produces a gentle updraft, which forces warm air near the ceiling down into the living space.

Appliances and Electronics
  • Set the water heater thermostat to 120 degrees Fahrenheit for maximum efficiency and comfort.

  • Wash clothes in cold water, and wash and dry only full loads. Clean the lint screen in the dryer after every load.

  • The recommended temperature setting for refrigerators and freezers is 37-40 degrees Fahrenheit for the fresh food compartment and 5 degrees Fahrenheit for the freezer. Separate freezers for long-term storage should be kept at 0 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Make sure the refrigerator door seals are airtight.

  • Use a power strip as a central "turn off" point for electronics, video games, and computers when not in use.

Download the Winter Energy Savings illustration.

Download the "Do Your Winter Bills Give You Chills?" bill insert.