Preparing for Winter Energy Use

As any New York energy provider can confirm, seasonal changes dramatically impact energy use in homes and office buildings. IDT Energy and other local companies can provide personalized advice for people seeking to lower their monthly bill.

In the meantime, here are a few tips from PGE.com to prepare for the upcoming winter season:

  • When using your furnace, set your heating thermostat at 68 degrees or lower during the day, health permitting. Set your thermostat at 55 degrees for the night, or when you will be away for more than four hours.
  • In winter, open drapes on sunny days to help warm the rooms.
  • Do only full loads when using the clothes washer and dryer.
  • Clean the dryer lint trap after each use, and check the dryer vent for clogging. When possible, dry your clothes on a line.
  • Close the damper when not using the fireplace and turn your heater(s) down when using your fireplace.

Energy Conservation During Winter Months

Winter months have many cozy aspects, but with the added warmth come higher energy costs. Energy.gov offers several tips to conserve energy and money despite the chill:

  1. Seal and insulate your home
  2. Use a programmable thermostat
  3. Install ENERGY STAR doors and windows
  4. Use LED holiday lights
  5. Turn off the lights
  6. Use lighting controls
  7. Lower the water heater
  8. Unplug electronics
  9. Use a power strip
  10. Adjust the blinds and curtains