Winter's 1-2 Punch: Save Energy & Mitigate Costs
This second round of wintry weather and lower-than-normal temperatures are having an impact on home energy use. Here are some ways you can mitigate those costs:
Seal air leaks: Use weather stripping or caulk to seal any cracks or gaps around windows, doors and thresholds. Also check your ceiling – make sure that fans and light fixtures are properly sealed to the ceiling to prevent the air in your home from escaping into the attic.
Be smart about your thermostat: Lower the setting on your thermostat to 68 or as low as is comfortable, and maintain that temperature setting throughout the cold snap. Your heater has to work harder when temperatures are frigid, so lower temperature settings can lead to savings. Stay warm by wearing layers and adding extra blankets to beds.
Insulate and save: Be sure you have adequate insulation in your attic. This helps keeps warm air in your house, rather than allowing it to escape into the attic. Contact your electric cooperative for more information about insulation.
Save hot water: It takes energy to heat water, and you can save by adjusting your water heater’s setting to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, installing high efficiency showerheads, and washing clothes in cold water.
Knowledge is power: We’re here for you. Contact us to be connected with tools and resources that help you understand and manage your energy use and make more informed energy decisions.
Switch to LED lighting for year-round savings: LEDs are more efficient than incandescent bulbs and CFLs. Make the switch to LED bulbs in your home, and enjoy increased efficiency that will create savings now, and all year round!
Let the sunshine in: Open window coverings on sunny days to let the sun help heat your home. Be sure to close them at night to block the cold.
Change air filters: Your heating system has to work much harder if air filters are clogged.
Get a free energy audit: Call us (252.247.3107 or 1.800.682.2217) to schedule an energy audit, free to the membership, which will identify ways they can save energy and cut costs.