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Energy-Saving Tips for Cold Weather

Home Temperature

Let the sun in to reduce your energy use

  • Let the sun in. Open curtains and drapes during the day to let in the sun and reduce your lighting needs. Close them at night to keep out the winter chill. Using natural light can save up to 75 percent of the energy used for lighting.
  • Check your fireplace. Keep fireplace doors closed except when adding new firewood to reduce the amount of heated air that escapes your fireplace. If your fireplace has a damper, keep it closed whenever it is not used.
  • Utilize door draft stoppers. Place draft stoppers at the base of your doors to prevent warmed air from seeping out.
  • Use your ceiling fans in reverse. Switch the direction your ceiling fan spins to clockwise. Your ceiling fan will circulate warm air downward, helping to distribute heat more evenly.
  • Close the doors to unused rooms. Shut the doors to rooms that are not frequently used to reduce the number of rooms that need heating.
  • Keep vents clear. Ensure that vents and radiators are not blocked by furniture or other objects. Keeping your vents clear allows warm air to circulate freely.
  • Use window and door locks. Securely locking your windows and doors will help to ensure your windows and doors are sealed tight. This will help prevent cold air from getting in and warm air from getting out. 

Lights and Electronics

Use an advanced power strip to control your energy use

  • Switch to advanced power strips. These energy-saving devices sense when your electronic devices are idle and automatically prevent them from drawing power.
  • Replace your bulbs with LEDs. ENERGY STAR® certified LEDs offer the same brightness, or lumens, as traditional incandescent light bulbs but use up to 90 percent less energy and last up to 25 times longer.
  • Check your computer's power management. If you aren’t ready to shut down and unplug your computer, make sure it goes into sleep mode when not being used. This can save you up to $75 every year. You can find this option in your computer’s settings.

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