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During the winter months many people waste a lot of electricity trying to stay warm. Here are some quick, easy tips on keeping warm while saving energy and money during the cold weather season.

During the winter months many people waste a lot of electricity trying to stay warm. Here are some quick, easy tips on keeping warm while saving energy and money during the cold weather season.

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    How much your electricity bill will be impacted by cold weather How much your electricity bill will be impacted by cold weather Presentation Transcript

    • How Much Your Electricity Bill Will Be Impacted By Cold Weather?
    • During the winter, northern states will experience an increase in heating bills. This is because the north primarily uses gas during the winter and the capacity to heat and maintain the warm temperatures in homes in the north requires much more natural gas than in the south. Therefore, the more natural gas being used forces costs to rise, which results in higher utility bills.
    • 10 ways to help keep heating costs down.
    • 10 Tips to keep costs down
      Take advantage of other heat sources.
      Don’t let heat escape unnecessarily.
      Keep windows covered when it’s dark outside.
      Put on socks.
      Schedule professional maintenance.
      Mind your fireplace.
      Use ceiling fans.
      Protect electrical outlets/switches.
      Dress for the weather.
      Don’t forget about the water heater.
    • Tip #1. Take advantage of other heat sources.
      Take advantage of the heat generated from other activities done around the house.
      Ex. Taking a shower generates heat.
      During your next shower, open the bathroom door to let steam spread to other rooms.
      Just be sure not to turn on the fan, which will quickly remove the warm air.
    • Tip #2. Don’t let heat escape unnecessarily.
      Feel around windows and door frames to locate any gaps or leaks where warm air can escape.
      If you feel cold air it means you have found an air leak.
      An easy fix is to use caulking or weather-stripping to fill in the leaks.
      To fix drafts from the base of the doors, roll up a towel like a snake and place it at the base of the door.
    • Tip #3. Keep windows covered when it’s dark outside.
      Close any window coverings at night, which will help reduce heat loss and prevent cold air from coming in.
      During the day, keep window coverings open to let in sunlight.
      For homes with older windows, also apply plastic sheeting over the whole window, which will add a layer of insulation without blocking the light.
    • Tip #4. Put on socks.
      As much as 30% of your body heat can escape through your feet and hands.
      Put on socks to keep body heat in.
      Also, use a throw blanket to cover your feet and shoulders instead of turning up the heater.
    • Tip #5. Schedule professional maintenance.
      It’s recommended that your system should have maintenance two times a year.
      Once in the spring before the cooling season begins.
      Then in the fall before the heating season starts.
      Also, check the filters in your heating system, which can get dirty and clogged and cause your unit to work harder.
    • Tip #6. Mind your fireplace.
      Using a fireplace can waste gas by allowing warm air to escape through the chimney.
      When the fireplace is not in use, close the damper, which will prevent warm air from escaping. (Note: Be sure to wait until the fire dies out and the gas is turned off before closing the damper.)
    • Tip #7. Use ceiling fans.
      Use ceiling fans during the winter if there is a reverse switch.
      The fan will pull the cool air up to mix with the warm air to warm the cool air.
      If you don’t know which way the fan should revolve, then stand directly under it and if you feel a breeze then it is on summer mode and needs to be switched.
    • Tip #8. Protect electrical outlets/switches.
      Outdoor electrical outlets and switches can be a source of air leaks.
      Purchase and install foam insulation pads to help keep warm air from escaping.
    • Tip #9. Dress for the weather.
      Your body is one of the best heat sources you have, so dress warm.
      Wear layers, which trap your body heat in air pockets between the layers to keep you warm.
    • Tip #10. Don’t forget about the water heater.
      If your water heater is five years or older or has an Rvalue less than R-24, then applying insulation can help reduce heat loss.
      An easy way to add insulation is to use a water heater blanket/jacket.
      Be sure it has a value of at least R-8.
      Insulate the pipes around your water heater to also reduce heat loss and conserve water.
      Won’t have to wait as long for hot water.
      Use a good quality pipe insulation, strips offiberglass insulation or for an easier fix, pipe sleeves.