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Cold Weather and Your Energy Costs

March 6, 2014

This winter has been cold. It’s been much colder than the last couple of winters. This means that our heating systems have to work harder just to keep up.

For example, this January, the average temperature was -8.6 degrees whereas last January it was a balmy -2. This means that your heating system had to work 32% harder this January just to keep your house at the same temperature.

So far this winter (looking at November 1st to February 28th) it has been 23% colder than last year and 55% colder than the year before! No wonder our heating bills have gone up. And remember, even if you don’t heat with electricity, your furnace motor and fan has to run more too sending the bills higher.

So what can you do?

  • Try turning your thermostat down just a little. Each degree can save around 2% on your heating costs.
  • Install a programmable thermostat. Sign up for our peaksaverPLUS program and get one for free. Set your
    thermostat to automatically lower the temperature at night and when you’re away from home.
  • Seal up those drafts! Air leaking around windows, doors, vents and electrical outlets can account for as much asĀ 25% of your total heating costs. Weather stripping or caulking is cheap and easy to install and you can download coupons to save on weatherstripping from our website:

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