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Love is in the air - and so are cold temperatures! Winter weather typically means increased energy usage at home. Heating systems are working longer to warm our homes, and peak hours are prolonged as people are home using appliances. Tri-County EMC members will likely notice the impact of higher bill amounts as we navigate further into the winter season. While we know weather is unavoidable, there are some approaches to reduce energy usage in your home during periods of high electricity demand.
Keep your bills in check with these tips to save energy-and money!
MIND THE THERMOSTAT.
If you have a traditional heating and cooling system, set the
thermostat to 68 degrees or lower. Consider a smart or programmable
thermostat for additional savings.
BLOCK AIR LEAKS
Seal windows and exterior doors with caulk and weather stripping
to improve indoor comfort and decrease the amount of
energy used to heat your home. (13629005)
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SUNLIGHT
In the winter, open your blinds, shades, and curtains to let the
natural sunlight warm your home. Close them at night to block
the dropping temperatures.
AVOID COSTLY SPACE HEATERS
Using space heaters to temper the air in a bathroom for a short
period of time may be a good option, but using them to heat
the entire house will cost you more than using a heat pump.
The amount of energy you would use to run 2 space heaters
could power a central heat pump large enough to heat an 1,800
sqare foot home.