PUD offers tips to keep energy usage down with cold outdoor temperatures

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snohomishpud-1With colder weather this season, energy bills in the Pacific Northwest increase.

However, these tips from Snohomish County PUD can help keep your energy bills in check:

  • Typical January bills for electrically heated homes can be double or more compared to July bills.
  • The greater the difference between the outside temperature and your home’s thermostat setting, the harder your heating system has to work and the more energy you use – even if you don’t increase the thermostat setting from its normal level.
  • You can help keep your utility bills in check by setting your heat at 55 degrees when you’re asleep or away and 68 degrees when you’re home and awake.
  • The PUD offers a range of programs to help customers save energy, including rebates for home weatherization and discounts on energy-saving lights. Program information and other tips can be found at snopud.com/energytips.
  • Consider enrolling in the PUD’s Budget Payment Plan, designed to make bill-paying easier with equal payments each month all through the year.

Other Cold Weather Tips:

  • To cut heat loss, close your drapes at night and open them during the day to let the sun in and warm your home.
  • Close off rooms you’re not using and lower the heat in these areas.
  • Dress warmer when the days get colder. It’s less expensive and more efficient than turning up the heat.
  • Check your heating ducts to ensure they’re properly sealed and insulated. This can cut up to 25 percent off your heating bill.
  • Lower heating costs and improve air quality by cleaning or changing your furnace air filters every two months during the heating season.
  • Caulk and weather-strip windows and doors.
  • For every three degrees you lower your thermostat from your normal setting, you save 10 percent on heating.
  • If your home has a fireplace, keep the damper closed when you’re not using it and use a glass screen to minimize the heat loss.

For additional information and tips, including details about conservation programs, call the PUD Energy Hotline at 425-783-1700 or visit www.snopud.com.

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