Winter Savings Tips

Try these simple tips to trim winter energy bills. You can save even more all year round with our rebates for energy-efficient appliances and upgrades.

  • Install a smart thermostat to lower utility bills and manage your heating and cooling systems efficiently. Turning your thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours can save 5% to 15% a year on your heating bill.
  • Check your furnace filter for dust and lint monthly during the heating season. Clean or replace the filter, if necessary, as recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Don’t block registers for supply or return air with furniture, plants or other objects.
  • Reduce water heater temperature to 120 degrees F to save energy and money on heating water. You can save $12-$30 for every 10 degrees you reduce the temperature. Also, wrapping the hot water tank in a specially-designed “blanket” will help retain the heat.
  • Seal leaky air ducts to keep conditioned air indoors. A qualified, licensed contractor can test air ducts for leaks and seal them, if necessary.
  • Prevent up to 20% of your home’s heat loss by replacing inadequate insulation with proper insulation. You could save about $18 a month or up to 25% on your winter heating costs.
  • Raise the temperature in your home slowly to keep your energy bill lower. Quickly raising your heat pump’s temperature activates the heat strip and in turn, uses more energy.
  • Use a portable electric space heater instead of your central furnace when you’re spending most of your time in one room.
  • Consider occupancy sensors for indoor lighting and motion-activated security lights instead of dusk-to-dawn lights outdoors.
  • Raise the temperature in your home slowly to keep your energy bill lower. Quickly raising your heat pump’s temperature activates the heat strip and in turn, uses more energy.
  • Wash full loads in the dishwasher – this actually uses less water and energy than washing dishes in the sink. Choose the energy-saver setting for the drying cycle, or let the dishes air dry.
  • In the heating season, water vapors from bathing and cooking are beneficial because they help humidify the home. So, use kitchen and bath exhaust fans sparingly in the winter to keep as much heat as possible inside your house.