It’s officially sweata weatha! Time to turn up the thermostat, cozy up in your favorite cotton/cashmere/fleece/soft fabric sweater while sitting on the couch sipping a venti pumpkin spice latte with extra whip (is it really a PSL without extra whip?), and begin the search for what to treat yourself to next with your Pogo Rewards. Am i right?
Since we’re all likely to be spending more time at home this winter than ever before , there is a strong probability that you will be using more electricity than you normally would. We know that the last thing you want to worry about is a high electricity bill and the bill shock that overcomes us as we look at the amount due.
As always, Pogo’s got your back and we’ve gathered some of our favorite tips to help reduce your electric usage and save you money, so you can relax and enjoy sweata weatha.
Tip #1 – If you’re leaving home for more than 4 hours, lower your thermostat to 68 degrees – UNLESS you have pets, consider setting it to 73 degrees at least.
Tip #2 – Turn the ceiling fans on low and switch the fan direction to blow air up (button up/blades turning clockwise). This forces warm and cool air to mix in the room (so hot air doesn’t rise and stay there) keeping the room at a steady temperature. On average, ceiling fans only use 60 watts whereas central AC units can use up to 3,500 watts of energy – fewer watts, lower energy bill. Don’t forget to turn the ceiling fans off when you leave your home for continued savings.
Tip #3 – Did you know that heat gain and heat loss through windows are responsible for 25%–30% of residential heating and cooling energy use?” Stop the breeze by insulating your windows to keep hot air inside your home during the winter.
Tip #4 – When baking in the oven, check the status of the food through the oven window instead of opening the oven door, if you can. By opening the oven door, you decrease the temperature inside the oven by 25 degrees, which in turn extends the total cook time.
Tip #5 – Keep the shades, blinds and drapes open and let the sunshine help to warm your home. Let the sun help you save, and let the sunshine in!
Tip #6 – Adjust the temperature of your hot water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, and then insulate the hot water heater to help reduce energy usage by about 10-15%. While keeping your thermostat at 120 degrees will save you money, it also reduces scalding and slows mineral buildup and corrosion in your heater and pipes.
Tip #7 – Save hot water for yourself and do not wash your laundry on Hot or Warm, choose the cold cycle so that your hot water heater isn’t trying to supply your washer with hot water. Also, if you are a creature of habit, and take showers around the same time each day, put your hot water heater on a timer. Installing a timer to turn off your heater during the times you do not need hot water will help conserve energy.
Do yourself a favor before sweata weatha becomes a Texas winter and switch to Pogo Energy today! Follow our 7 tips to save money on electricity in cold weather, and you can spend winter cozied up, ordering in and watching your favorite series – powered by 100% clean energy.
Want more ways to save money and reduce your electric usage? Check out 3 Ways to Cut Your Energy Bill.