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.