Hot Energy Tips for Cold Nights
Save energy, save money
November 01, 2013
With winter quickly approaching and temperatures quickly dropping, you want to be informed of the best ways to save energy - and money.
Here are some Energy Smart Plus (e+) tips from Your Own Utilities on how to increase the heat without increasing your utility bill:
- Evaluate your home energy consumption. Login to the interactive e+ Online to examine your energy use, compare bills over 24 months, and manage your account.
- Sign up for a free energy audit from City of Tallahassee professionals.
- Convert to clean and efficient natural gas for your cooking and heating needs.
- If you have a heat pump, be sure the thermostat is not accidentally set to Emergency Heat. Costs can double in the Emergency Heat mode.
- Set your thermostat’s Fan selection to AUTO, not ON. The ON setting runs the distribution fan constantly and increases costs dramatically.
- Caulk drafty windows and doors.
- Insulate your attic. Proper insulation makes a big difference in heating (and cooling) costs. You can take advantage of the City’s ceiling insulation grants, which pay 80 percent of the installed cost up to a maximum City contribution of $400 (or 100% of the installed cost up to $500 for those who qualify by income). Let the sun in. If you have south, east or west windows, open the shades, drapes or blinds to let in the sun’s heat during the day. Then close the window coverings overnight so the house can hold in heat.
- Use hot water wisely. For your water heater setting, the recommended temperature is 120 degrees F.
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