Vol69-12 December 2019

Small changes can help you save money this winter

Cold weather directly translates into higher energy usage, which results in higher energy bills. For members who want to save money, these small changes can help reduce energy use when the weather is cold.

  • Keep window blinds and curtains open during the day to let in sunlight, but close them at night to keep cold air out. Use cellular blinds and insulated curtains.
  • Heating systems account for a significant portion of a residential customer’s energy use, so wear warm clothes inside and turn down the thermostat. SMECO recommends 68 degrees.
  • Make sure to clean or replace the filters on your heating system monthly.
  • Do not set your heat pump to run in emergency heat mode or auxiliary heat mode, because the resistance heat elements cost more to operate.
  • Do not change your heat pump thermostat manually more than two degrees at a time. Find the coolest comfortable setting and leave it there. Moving the thermostat setting up by more than two degrees manually may cause your auxiliary heat to come on, which costs more to run.
  • Use bathroom exhaust fans only when needed. They pull warm air and humidity out of the house.
  • Keep outdoor heat pump unit free from leaves, snow, ice, and other air blockages.
  • Have system serviced by a licensed HVAC technician annually to ensure peak efficiency.

Energy use varies based on many factors, including the amount of insulation and the type of heating system in the home. Adjusting your energy use on cold days can help control winter electric bills. Find more ways to save this winter at smeco.coop/save.