Ten Quick Tips to Avoid High Winter Bills
Roanoke EC understands that the winter season can mean higher electric bills for our member-owners. If you're looking to lower your bills this winter, use the 10 tips below to conserve energy.
- Seal air leaks and insulate well to prevent heat from escaping and cold air from entering your home.
- Reduce waste heat by installing a programmable thermostat.
- Turn off lights when not in use.
- Lower your water heater temperature. The Dept. of Energy recommends using the warm setting (120 degrees) during fall and winter months.
- Unplug electronics like kitchen appliances and TVs when you're away.
- Open blinds and curtains during the day to allow sunlight in to warm your home.
- Close blinds and curtains at night to keep cold, drafty air out.
- Use power strips for multiple appliances, and turn off the main switch when you're away from home.
- Wash clothes in cold water, and use cold-water detergent whenever possible.
- Replace incandescent light bulbs with LEDs, which use at least 75 percent less energy.
Source: U.S. Dept. of Energy