With temperatures dipping to freezing and below during Central Ohio winters, the Westerville Electric Division encourages residents to keep energy efficiency in mind while keeping homes warm.
TURN BACK THE THERMOSTAT
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, turning down the thermostat 10-15 degrees for eight hours a day, like while you sleep, can help save you around 10% per year on heating and cooling bills.
LET IN THE SUNSHINE
Put the sun to work in your home by opening curtains during sunny days to take advantage of the natural heat source. Be sure to close them again when the sun sets.
LIMIT ELECTRIC APPLIANCE USE
Electric-powered heating devices, such as space heaters, are major consumers of energy (not to mention can pose fire risks when left unattended). Consult the manufacturer’s suggestions for use and never leave appliances unattended while running. Learn more about safe portable heater use from the U.S. Department of Energy.
CHECK FOR DRAFTS, LEAKS
From windows to electrical outlets, there are plenty of places in your home from where cold air could leak. Professional services are available to help air seal your house and there are steps you yourself can take to block the chill. Learn more about common air leaks.
EMBRACE THE SWEATER WEATHER
While it is certainly your right to enjoy the creature comforts of modern heating technology, the most environmentally conscious solution is one you’ve probably heard echoed from parental figures your entire life- grab a sweater. When frigid temperatures have their grasp on the region, it can be tempting to shed a few layers of clothing and crank up your home heating system to a subtropical temperature. However, this will end up costing you and the City’s power grid. Instead, experts recommend you keep your home at a comfortable 68 degrees and bundle up in warm, cozy clothing and blankets.
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