High Bill Help

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Heating high-bill triggers

  • More heater or space heater use
  • Heat works harder to keep same temperature
  • Home needs insulation/weatherization
  • Heating ducts aren’t sealed or insulated
  • Thermostat set high or not accurate
  • Heating unused rooms
  • Fireplace dampers/doors left open
  • Foundation vents uncovered, allowing cold air in, warm air out

Try these tips

  • Insulate and seal air leaks. This alone can make a huge difference!
  • Set thermostat to 68 degrees when you’re home, 60 when asleep or gone (there are exceptions for some systems; see heating tips for more). Each degree lower saves an estimated 2 percent on your heating bill.
  • Check thermostat accuracy. Use an instant-read cooking thermometer to see if the air temperature matches your setting. You might want to upgrade to a smart thermostat.
  • Schedule a tune-up for your furnace each year.
  • Close fireplace dampers and doors when not in use.
  • 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.
  • Open curtains on sunny days. You’ll capture solar warmth and save on lighting, too. Close curtains at night to help insulate.

Water heating triggers

  • Old or inefficient electric water heater
  • Water heater set too high
  • Holiday guests: More water heating, laundry and dish washing

Try this tip

Lighting, appliances & electronics triggers

  • Lights on longer during darker days
  • Inefficient holiday lights or leaving lights on all night
  • New appliances or big screen TV
  • Hot tub pump problems, or insulating cover left off

Try these tips

*Savings will vary based on circumstances

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