Another batch of low temperatures and snow is upon us and there isn’t a better time to learn how to save energy and use it wisely. Here are a couple tips that can help take the chill off your bill.
Seal gaps around doors and windows with weather stripping, door sweeps and caulk or foam sealants.
Install window insulator kits to cover entire windows with a shrink wrap like material. These kits are inexpensive and are an effective way to stop air leaks. You can purchase these at any local home improvement store.
Keep your thermostat set at 72°F or lower and take advantage of the programming settings when you are away or at night. Through proper use of a programmable thermostat (using the four pre-programmed settings) you can save about *$180 every year in energy costs.
Close the damper when your fireplace is not in use.
Keep south facing window draperies and shades open during the day to let the sunlight come into your home and closed at night to decrease the chill you may feel as a result of cold windows.
Take advantage of our energy efficiency programs and save energy and money year around. See a list of our programs by visitingColumbiaGasKY.com/WarmWise.
*The $180 savings assumes a typical, single-family home with a 10 hour daytime setback of 8° F in winter and setup of 7° F in summer, and an 8 hour nighttime setback of 8° F in winter and a setup of 4° F in summer.
Know the difference
Winter Storm Outlook - Winter storm conditions are possible in the next 2 to 5 days.
Winter Weather Advisory - Winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous. When caution is used, these situations should not be life threatening.
Winter Storm Watch - Winter storm conditions are possible within the next 36 to 48 hours. People in a watch area should review their winter storm plans and stay informed about weather conditions.
Winter Storm Warning - Life-threatening, severe winter conditions have begun or will begin within 24 hours. People in a warning area should take precautions immediately.
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