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Energy Conservation That’ll Keep You Warm and Your Bill Low

Posted On: November 3, 2019

Just as Texas can be unbearably hot in the summer, the winter can drop temperatures into unbelievably cold. When the cold snap hits, people are more likely to stay indoors, crank up the heat and do their best to avoid the single digit wind chill.

If that sounds like you, here’s what you may not be avoiding: a higher energy bill. So, we’ve compiled this list of simple conservation tips for cold weather events that’ll help you keep warm and your consumption low.

Seal air leaks.
Feel a draft? “Leaky” doors and windows are super common, but an easy fix. Seal air leaks with caulk or weather stripping to keep the cold out. This video guide lays out the steps. 

Cover drafty windows.
Tight-fitting insulated drapes can take your draft protection further by helping to hold heat in your house. Then, with more warmth inside, you can turn your thermostat down to use less energy.

Use your thermostat wisely.
Speaking of thermostats: adjust yours to maximize conservation. When you’re home and moving around, lower it as far as you can without being uncomfortable. As you’re heading out the door, drop it by 10 or 15 degrees.

Let the sunshine in.
Open the curtains on south-facing windows to let sunlight bring natural heat into your home. It’s free and, with a lower thermostat setting, increases your savings potential!

Reverse ceiling fans.
Since hot air naturally rises, run your ceiling fans in reserve to push it back down. There should be a small switch on the body of the fan to do the job.

Close your fireplace damper.
An open damper is just like an open window; you’re losing tons of warm air up and out of your chimney. When you’re not using your fireplace, close it! And, don’t forget to lower your thermostat when you start up your next fire.

Bundle up!
Break out your comfy sweaters, hoodies, sweat pants and trusty flannels, it’s time to get cozy. Dressing warmer while you’re home is a simple way to help lower your energy bill and keep you toasty without cranking the heat. Don’t forget your slippers!