75% of your energy usage can be controlled by you!
Open curtains on your south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home,
and close them at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows ☀
Use a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet on a frame or tape clear plastic film to the inside of drafty window
frames during the cold winter months. Make sure the plastic is sealed tightly to the frame.
Install tight-fitting, insulating drapes or shades on windows that feel drafty after weatherizing.
Weatherstrip around doors, windows and AC units! A 1/8″ gap around a door is equal to having a 5″
hole through an outside wall.
When you are home and awake, set your thermostat as low as is comfortable.
When you are asleep or out of the house, turn your thermostat down 5°-10° from your usual setting.
This change could save you 10% a year on your electric bill. A programmable thermostat can make this change easy.
Maximize your savings by setting your thermostat to 68 degrees!
Schedule service for your heating system and replace your filter as recommended by the
manufacturer, usually every 2-3 months, or as needed.
Using the SmartHub app to monitor your energy usage daily can alert you to potential issues
Keep your fireplace damper closed unless a fire is burning. Keeping the damper open
is like keeping a window wide open; it allows warm air to go right up the chimney.
When you use the fireplace, reduce heat loss by opening dampers in the bottom of the firebox (if provided),
closing doors leading into the room, and lowering the thermostat while the fire is burning.
Water heating accounts for approximately 20% of your electric bill.
Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120°F). You’ll not
only save energy and money, you’ll avoid scalding your hands.
Follow these winter energy efficiency tips to save money on your electric bill. Your heating/cooling costs, on average,
make up 55% of your monthly electric bill.* To maximize your winter energy efficiency, ask us about our
DIY Home Energy Efficiency Workshops.
*Typical usage and actual usage may vary.