Winter ‘Pick 6’ tips to save energy
February 2, 2018 | Posted in Tips & Ways to Save
Post originally published February 5, 2016. Updated February 2, 2018.
With the big football game coming up, DP&L is ready to help you beat high energy bills during these cold winter months. It’s time to bring out your best game plan with six easy tips that will help you achieve Savings Champion status in no time!
1 – Use a programmable thermostat
Some experts suggest 65-68 degrees for the setting while you are home during winter months. Each degree above 68°F can add 3% to the amount of energy needed for heating. A smart thermostat can learn your behaviors and automate your savings. Plus, you can score a $50 smart thermostat rebate from DP&L!
2 – Find and seal air leaks
The Department of Energy found the top places air escapes from your home. Seal air leaks and/or insulate around the following areas:
- Floors, walls and ceilings
- Electric Outlets
Energy.gov has some great tips on how you can detect air leaks in your house.
3 – Take advantage of the sunshine
Enjoy the sunshine by opening your draperies and blinds on sunny days to help heat your home – then shut them at night. Installing storm doors or windows can help add an extra layer of protection from cold air as well.
4 – Bring in the insulation
Add insulation to your hot water heater, pipes, heating ducts, attic and/or crawl space.
5 – Adjust your water heater
Water heating accounts for about 14% of the energy consumed in your home. Do your part and lower this by turning down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120°F). This can score you big savings right away!
6 – Keep exhaust fans in check
Use kitchen and bath fans no more than 20 minutes after cooking or bathing to keep warm air in your home.
Follow these tips and you’ll be doing your touchdown celebration dance in no time! Want more tips? Check out more Savings Champion tips to save this winter. Did we leave some tips out? Leave us your best energy saving tips below in the comments!