Outdoor Temperatures drive home energy usage more than any other single factor. While none of us can control the weather, we do encourage customers to take steps to reduce energy usage and lower bills as much as possible during the winter months.
• A heating system on average uses 60% of a home’s energy. Keep furnace filters clean, and make sure your heating system is operating efficiently.
• If you have an electric heat pump, set the thermostat at 68 degrees or lower and “forget it”. For other forms of heat, set the thermostat at 68 degrees or lower, but if you’re gone for several hours or more, set the thermostat at 55 degrees, or even cut it off (unless the pipes are in danger of freezing).
• Make sure your home is well insulated.
• Weather strip and caulk windows and doors to seal small cracks.
• Insulate your water heater and set the temperature as reasonably low as possible.
Brought to you by Greenville Utilities, visit their website for more tips on lowering your energy bill. www.guc.com