Winter weather makes a big impact on electric bills. Even the most efficient heating systems see more use in extreme weather. Try these steps to control your energy use and costs, while boosting comfort in your home:
Change your furnace filters every month.
Open shades and curtains during the day to let sunlight and solar heat in.
Keep fireplace damper closed when not in use.
Add or replace weather stripping around doors and windows.
Seal leaks around pipes, wires and chimneys with caulking.
Seal holes and cracks in floors, ceilings, foundation and siding with caulking.
Replace worn door stops.
If you have storm doors and windows, install them.
Install insulating kits for electrical plugs on exterior walls.
Be sure walls, ceilings and attic have enough insulation.
Vacuum heat vents.
Insulate hot water pipes and metal electric hot water tanks.
Adjust thermostats in unoccupied rooms.
Turn off lights and electronics in unoccupied rooms.
For more energy savers, speak to the member services team at Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative, 800-421-0283, ext. 595.