Don’t Let Winter’s Cold Raise the Cost of Your Electric Bill

One of the best ways to keep your energy bill lower this winter is to wear an extra sweater, sleep with an extra blanket and drop that thermostat to 68 degrees, or as low as you can set it and still be comfortable.

You’ve probably heard these all before, but here are some no-cost reminders to keep your bill low.

  • Lower your thermostat if you won’t be home.
  • Lower your water heater temperature to 120F and reduce hot water use by taking shorter showers and using cold water for laundry.
  • Turn off lights, televisions and computers when not in use.
  • Remove and recycle your second refrigerator.
  • Keep curtains open on the south side of the house and closed on the north side during the day.
  • Clean refrigerator coils and set the temperature to 36F to 39F. Set the freezer to 0F to 5F.
  • Make sure the fireplace damper is closed when not in use. Don’t send warm air up the chimney.