Even though your energy consumption may decrease with the winter months, there are still ways to save:
- Have your heating system serviced at least once a year to maintain its efficiency. Consult this list of SRP qualified contractors to do the maintenance.
- Replace disposable air filters or clean permanent ones at least once a month. A dirty filter forces your equipment to work harder, causing higher energy bills.
- Clean debris and obstructions from around the outdoor section of your heating system.
Set your thermostat between 68 to 70 degrees when you are home, and 65 degrees or lower when you are away.
- Consider an SRP Time-of-Day Price Plan and use a programmable thermostat to run the heat primarily during lower-cost hours.
- Change your ceiling fan setting to send airflow upward and run the fan on "low" to help circulate the warm air trapped at the ceiling.
Close any evaporative cooler updraft vents, install the baffle plate (cookie sheet damper) and cover the unit before switching over to heating in the winter.
- Close the fireplace damper when it is not in use. This will help keep the warm air inside your house and stop your heating dollars from going up the chimney.
- Keep draperies open during the day to help let in the heat and close them at night to help retain the heat.
- Install weather stripping and seals around doors and windows. It minimizes gaps and reduces heat loss, helping you keep heating costs down and save energy.
- Heat your home safely: Never use your stove, oven or portable grill to heat your house, as that can be hazardous.