cold weather tips
Cold weather and winter storms can be a challenge to staying warm and healthy. The following tips can help you stay safe:
Conserving Energy When It's Cold
During cold weather, customers can reduce their use of electricity by following these simple energy-saving steps:
- Set your thermostat at 68 degrees during the day and 60 degrees at night. Turning the thermostat back 10 to 15 percent eight hours a day can trim seasonal heating costs up to 10 percent. Thermostats in homes with infants, elderly, or ill individuals should be set higher.
- Before the heating season begins, have your heating system cleaned and inspected by a qualified contractor. A clean, well-maintained system will operate more efficiently and use less fuel.
- Prevent heat loss by sealing air leaks around window and door frames with caulk or weather stripping.
- Retain heat by installing storm or thermal windows and doors, double-paned glass, or plastic sheeting over doors and windows.
- Keep shades and curtains open during the day so the sun can make your home warmer. Close them in the evening to keep the heat in.
- Move drapes or furniture from around radiators so that heat can flow freely.
- Be sure to insulate the attic properly. Since heat rises, adding a layer of insulation to the attic will conserve heat.
- Remove window air conditioner units in the winter. If you can’t, enclose the unit with an air conditioner cover to stop drafts.