Heating your home
Your heater has to work harder in colder temperatures to keep the temperature you want. Use what you need to stay comfortable but remember to turn the heat down when you are sleeping or away. Also, schedule a tune-up for your furnace each year. Here’s some energy saving tips:
Your home needs insulation or weatherization
Thermostats are set high or are inaccurate
Set your thermostat for your comfort. Just remember, turning it up higher doesn’t heat your home faster – it just makes your heater work harder than it may need to.
When you are home, set your thermostat to 68. When you are away or sleeping, set your thermostat to 60.
Check your thermostat accuracy. Use an instant-read cooking thermometer to see if the air temperature matches your setting. If you can, you might want to upgrade to a smart thermostat. You can get a good deal on a new thermostat when you purchase from the PGE Marketplace. We also offer free or low-cost smart thermostats to homes with qualifying heating and/or cooling systems.
Heating unused rooms
If you have baseboard, ceiling or wall heaters, consider turning off the heat to unused rooms (just watch out for mold).
Fireplace dampers/doors left open
Close fireplace dampers and doors when not in use.
Foundation vents uncovered, allowing cold air in
Install foundation vent covers in fall to keep wind and cold from creeping in under your house. Vent covers can also help prevent frozen pipes. Remove them in spring.
Heating your water
Who doesn’t like to take a nice long hot shower in the winter? But with an old or inefficient electric water heater, that’s a lot of energy going down the drain. Throw in some holiday guests, laundry and dish washing and the cost of hot water adds up fast. Consider this energy saving tip:
Lower the water heater temperature
120 degrees is perfect for showers, dishes and laundry. And it’s an easy adjustment to make on your water heater. Here’s some more ways to cut hot water use.
Lighting, appliances & electronics
Lights are often left on longer during darker days. Other familiar culprits that use a lot of energy in the winter months are inefficient holiday lights, new appliances or big screen TVs, leaving lights on in unoccupied rooms and hot tub pump problems or leaving the insulating cover off. Here are some great ways to save:
Switch to energy saving lights.
Choose LED holiday lights and put them on a timer.