Be warm and save!

While you may be looking forward to the spring thaw, you likely still will encounter bitterly cold days this season. Even in frigid temperatures, there are ways you can maximize energy efficiency to help save! Here are a few tips:

#1: Let in the sun
South-facing windows can be a great way to warm your home while using less electricity. If your home is a bit chilly during the day, open the blinds and curtains on these windows to let in some sun. If you have pets, you can bet they’ll make the most of those extra sunbeams. Be sure to close your curtains when the sun goes down.

#2: Replace air filters
When was the last time you replaced the air filter in your HVAC system? It’s easy to forget, but to get the most efficiency out of your system you should be checking your filter at least every three months. The changing seasons can be a perfect reminder that you’re overdue.

#3: Use ENERGY STAR® LED lightbulbs
Less sunlight outside means more lights on indoors. If you’re not using ENERGY STAR® LEDs, then you’re using more energy than necessary. LEDs have a longer service life than traditional bulbs and use less energy. It’s a win-win!

#4: Adjust your thermostat …
If you find yourself nudging up the thermostat, make sure you turn it back down in the morning. Leaving your thermostat at a high setting during the day, when nobody’s home, is a big source of energy waste in cold weather. A programmable thermostat is a solution that will pay for itself over time.

#4A: … Unless you have a heat pump
If you have a heat pump, be careful about turning down that thermostat. Too much of a temperature drop inside your home can trigger the emergency heat. The end result? An electric bill that’s higher than it needs to be.

Contact your local electric co-op to see what programs are available to help you save. Some co-ops offer free energy audits, which will provide a checklist of ways you can save energy. And, don’t forget about the energy-efficiency rebates through the POWER MOVES® program that will save you more money! For more ideas on how to save, visit