Fight the winter chill with Savings Champion tips

December 15, 2016 | Posted in Tips & Ways to Save

Single digits are hitting the Miami Valley early this season, so we’re here before winter officially starts offering tips to help you Be a Savings Champion this season.

Let’s tip off with a special report from Bob and Dan:

Winter Energy-Saving Tips

It’s important to take measures to reduce heating costs because 40% of a home’s annual bill goes to heating. Simple changes can make a big impact on your energy bill:

  • Install a programmable or Wi-Fi enabled thermostat. Proper use can save you about $180 per year in energy costs, plus you can score additional DP&L rebates when you pair it with the installation of a new HVAC system.
    What are the recommended thermostat settings during the winter? Set your thermostat to 70° or less when you’re home, and set it back at least 8 degrees when you’re at work or sleeping.

recommended thermostat settings during winter months

  • Change or clean your furnace air filter once a month.
  • Set ceiling fans to turn clockwise and run them on low speed to circulate warm air.
  • Close all doors, windows and screens. You may want to purchase inexpensive window kits to cover unused windows and doors with plastic.
  • Prevent drafts by closing fireplace dampers when not in use.
  • Sealing air leaks around your home and adding insulation can help make your home more comfortable, more energy efficient and provide up to 10% savings on your annual energy bills.

Be sure to check out additional tips to save energy during cold weather on our website.

Are you a Savings Champion?

What steps do you take to save energy in your home during the winter? Let us know in the comments below, or share on Facebook or Twitter!

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