Winter Energy Conservation Tips

Quick tips for staying warm this winter

You can stay comfortable indoors without sending your thermostat - and energy bill – through the roof. Here are a few tips on cold-weather conservation.

  • Check weather stripping on exterior doors and windows. Adjust or replace it if you can see light or feel a draft.
  • Check ceiling and crawl spaces to ensure there is adequate insulation.
  • Check your furnace and heat pump filters once a month. Replace if dirty.
  • Close fireplace damper and glass doors when fireplace is not in use. Don't use your fireplace in the coldest weather.
  • Fix broken ducts and replace cracked or peeling tape on ducts. Use tape with the UL (Underwriters Laboratories) logo and labeled for heating ducts.
  • Check to make sure foundation vents are closed for the winter. If your vents do not close, taping a piece of plastic on the outside will help considerably.
  • In the evening, close your drapes to retain heat. Make sure heating registers are not covered by the drapes or furniture.
  • Lower your thermostat at night and when not at home. Use a programmable thermostat if you have a heat pump.
  • Dress warmer on colder days; it's less expensive than turning up the heat.
  • Take advantage of natural daylight as much as possible.

Tips for winter AND the rest of the year:

  • Use energy-saving compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs or LEDs.
  • Upgrade to efficient ENERGY STAR appliances.
  • Set your water heater no higher than 120 degrees.
  • Use the cold water setting for clothes washer loads.
  • Keep your refrigerator at 38 degrees and freezer at 10 degrees.

Need more ideas? Call our Conservation Department at (509) 661-8008.

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