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Stay cozy this winter with energy efficiency tips from CEC

Old Man Winter not only brings frigid temperatures – he also can bring much higher electric bills. By following a few simple tips, you will not only keep Old Man Winter at bay, you will also be glad to know that you better managed the cold weather impact on your electric bill.

-Each degree makes a difference. Keep your heating system thermostat at the recommended setting of 68. For each degree you raise the thermostat above the recommended setting, you are adding 3% to 4% to your monthly electric bill.

-If your home is drafty, find the sources. Caulk around all windows and weather strip around each door.

-Use the winter sun to your advantage. On sunny winter days, keep your blinds or drapes open to allow the sun to help warm your home. To reduce drafts, when the sun goes down, draw your drapes or blinds closed.

-If you have a fireplace but do not use it, keep the damper closed. Your fireplace damper if left open is like keeping a window open – allowing heated air to escape your home. This will also keep cold air out from entering your home.

-Consider buying a programmable thermostat. While you are snug in your bed, a programmable thermostat will allow you to lower your thermostat and reduce the run time of your heating system.