STAY WARM AND COZY. SAVE COLD, HARD CASH.
Use these home efficiency tips for the heating season
Along with rebates, simple energy-saving actions can help you cut energy costs this winter. Learn how to conserve energy and make your home more energy-efficient.
YOUR HEATING SYSTEM:
- Change or clean furnace filters every month.
- Vacuum or dust air registers regularly.
- Ensure that air registers aren’t blocked by furniture or other items.
- Keep your heat pump clear of obstructions, including snow.
- Have your furnace and ductwork inspected annually. Loose, broken ductwork accounts for 15-35% of a home’s energy loss.
- Install a humidifier and set it at 35% to 40% humidity. It helps your home feel warmer at a lower temperature.
- Install a programmable thermostat.
- Lower the thermostat when you’re away from home or asleep.
- Customers with heat pumps should use programmable thermostats or gradually change their settings. This avoids putting the heat pump into a costly emergency heating mode.
WINDOWS AND VENTS:
- Open shades and blinds on south-facing windows to let heat and sunlight in during the day. Close them at night to conserve heat.
- Use bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans sparingly. They quickly pull warm air from your home.
- Have members of your household add layers of clothing rather than turning up the heat.
- Take shorter showers. Open bathroom doors after a shower to allow warm, moist air to circulate.
Want to save even more?
Explore PSO’s My Energy Advisor. This online tool lets you track energy usage, set money-saving goals and find rebates to slash energy costs.