How does cold weather affect your bill?
It takes more energy to heat your home when the temperature drops.
The more difference there is between the temperature outside and the thermostat setting inside, the harder your heating system will work and the more energy it will use – even if you don’t turn the thermostat higher.
This is especially true for homes that don’t have enough insulation, homes with single-paned or aluminum-framed windows and homes with a lot of air leaks around windows and doors.
Ways to minimize your energy use during a cold snap:
Turn your thermostat down a few degrees. Each degree you lower it can save up to 2 percent on your heating bill. Set it even lower when you are away or asleep but be sure to keep your house at least 55 degrees at all times to prevent pipes from freezing and to avoid moisture problems.
Get rid of drafts. If you feel cold air coming in, then warm air is escaping. Keep windows and doors closed and use caulk or weather stripping to seal leaks around windows, doors and plumbing penetrations.
Cover your windows. Tight-fitting, insulated window coverings can help minimize heat loss through the windows. Keep curtains and blinds closed unless the sun is shining directly on the glass.
Check your insulation levels. If your home is poorly insulated, adding insulation will lower your energy bills. If you heat with electricity, ask us about zero percent interest loans for insulation upgrades.