Avista Offers Tips for Managing Energy Costs during Cold Weather
SPOKANE-- With the arrival of sustained colder temperatures, heating systems are operating more frequently and for longer periods of time, which can increase monthly energy costs. Avista suggests checking your home’s airflow and making sure to use supplemental heating sources efficiently to help manage your winter energy bill.
Making sure door sweeps are in good condition and caulking around windows and doors will help prevent cold air from seeping in under doors. As a temporary measure, roll a towel and place it at the base of the exterior doors. Other no-cost recommendations include:
- Setting your heating thermostat at 68 degrees when you are home and reduce it a few degrees at night and when you are away.
- It is recommended that furnace filters be replaced periodically (every 1-2 months or when dirty) to maintain proper airflow and operate efficiently.
- Restricting the use of your wood fireplace in extremely cold weather and closing the flue damper when not in use. Fireplaces can rob your home of heat provided by your heating system and reduce your comfort.
- Using space heaters only in small, occupied areas for short periods of time and not using them as a main source of heating. They can be more costly to operate than other heat sources.
- Practicing zone heating with baseboard heat by turning down the heat in unused rooms and closing the door. Baseboard coils should be vacuumed to remove dust buildup in order to improve heat transfer.
- Turning off the kitchen, bath, and other ventilating fans when you are done. In one hour, these fans can pull a house full of warm air right out of the home.
- Adding a sweater and an extra blanket to stay warm rather than adjusting the thermostat.
If you are planning to travel over the holidays, make sure your home is not wasting energy while you are away by turning down the thermostat on your heating system and water heater and by shutting off lights except for security.