During this time of year, you might see an increase in your SWEPCO bill amount. This may be due to the drop in temperatures mixed with increased usage during the holiday season. The colder it is outside, the harder a heating system has to work, and the more energy it takes to keep a home warm.
Consider these five low- and no-cost energy-saving tips:
- Adjust the temperature in your home when no one is home or when everyone is asleep. Lowering the temperature on your thermostat by just a couple of degrees can result in significant long-term savings.
- Replace your air filters to keep your HVAC system and thermostat(s) working well as you heat your home. Dirty air filters can restrict air flow, making your system work harder and less effective.
- Eliminate air leaks and drafts. If cold air is creeping in from underneath your doors, you could be wasting five to 30 percent of your home’s energy. Keep the frigid temperatures out and the warm, conditioned air in by placing a rolled-up towel in the space between the door and the floor.
- Use your curtains. Open your curtains and blinds during daylight hours to allow the sun to naturally heat your home. Close your curtains and blinds when the sun goes down to act as a barrier and prevent cold chills from cooling your home.
- Adjust the temperature of your water heater. After heating and cooling systems, water heaters are the second-highest source of energy usage in a home. Lowering the temperature on your water heater by just a few degrees can save you a couple of dollars on your monthly energy bills.