PUD Tips To Save Energy On Cold Days

December 6, 2016

Everett Economy

energy

Some suggestions to save on heating costs…

The Snohomish PUD has some good tips for Everett residents who heat with electricity on ways to save energy and thus money on these colder winter days. The below tips are things you can do right now that won’t cost you anything up front. Click here for an entire list of way to cut your heating bills.

No-Cost Tips

Let the sun shine in!

Use the natural warmth of the sun to help heat your home during the winter. Open the shades on south facing windows during the day to let the sun in and close them at night to keep the warmth inside.

Savings: up to 400 kWh* per winter bill, about $114 each winter.

Cost: FREE

*For the average Snohomish County single-family home with electric heat.

Set the heat at 68 degrees when you’re home and awake
Set the heat at 55 degrees when you’re away or sleeping

Set the heat at 55 when you’re sleeping or away from home and you could save as much as 10% on your heating costs. For If you currently keep your home quite warm at night, turn down the thermostat by just 2 or 3 degrees at first, then decrease it again when you’re used to the change.

Savings: up to 235 kWh* per winter bill, about $67 each winter

Cost: FREE

*For the average SnohomishCounty single family home with electric heat, with the heat set at 55 degrees for 12 hours per day.

Keep your heat flowing.

If you have furniture or curtains in front of your wall/baseboard heaters or register vents, you could be blocking the heat they’re trying to deliver. Each fall, check to be sure the heater or vent is not blocked and vacuum the heater coils or clean the registers.

Savings: up to 105 kWh* per winter bill, about $30 each winter

Cost: FREE

*For the average SnohomishCounty single family home with electric heat. 

Zone heat with baseboard/wall heaters

If you have existing baseboard or wall heaters, turn down the thermostats in unused rooms and close the door. Since baseboard/wall heaters supply heat to each room individually, they are ideally suited to zone heating or heating the occupied rooms in your home while allowing unoccupied sections (such as empty guest rooms or seldom-used rooms) to remain cooler. Zone heating can produce energy savings of more than 20% compared to heating both occupied and unoccupied areas of your house.

Savings: up to 275 kWh* per winter bill, about $78 each winter

Cost: FREE

*For the average SnohomishCounty single family home with electric heat. 

For more ideas or details call the PUD Energy Hotline in Everett at 425-783-1700.


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