As the temperature drops and cold winter weather rules, your heating system is working hard to keep you comfortable. Don’t worry, though—you can take steps to keep yourself cozy and save money despite the frigid weather.
Snowy weather has hit most parts of the Tennessee Valley, and behind it? Some of the most frigid temperatures we’ve seen this winter.
That can mean bad news for heating bills, even if you’re keeping the thermostat at a sensible 68 degrees. That’s simply because your heater has to work harder and harder to keep up as the outdoor temperature drops.
Not to worry. There are plenty of things you can do to keep you power bill under control. Start lowering your thermostat—for every 1 degree you drop it, you’ll experience an up to 3 percent savings. Consider installing an ENERGY STAR certified programmable thermostat to automatically keep your house cool during the times you’re not home, and warm it up when you’re coming home.
There are plenty of other ways to optimize your heating system and keep yourself warm on the coldest days of the year. As your public power provider, we want you to take advantage of all that you can. Never worry—TVA and your local power company are on the job to make sure there’s plenty of power to keep you warm. But when you save money it helps the power system and benefits not only you, but the entire Valley.
Top 10 Tips for Staying Warm and Saving Energy this Winter
- Let there be light—Keep curtains open on the south side of the house and closed on the north during the day to trap the warming sunlight.
- Bundle up—Insulate heating and cooling ducts and repair any air leaks.
- Lay it down—Add insulation to your attic, crawlspaces and any accessible exterior walls.
- Keep it clean—Change air filters monthly. Dirty filters force your heating system to work harder.
- Seal it up—Caulk and weather-strip around windows and doors.
- Stop the gaps—Install insulating gaskets to exterior light switches and electrical outlets to stop air leaks.
- Family meals—Take advantage of the heat generated by cooking.
- Close the damper—Don’t send warm air up the chimney. Make sure the fireplace damper is closed when not in use.
- Decorate—Use area rugs if you have hardwood or tile floors to keep your feet warm.
- Create breathing room—Keep weeds and debris away from the outdoor unit of your heating system.
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