JACKSON, Mississippi – Parts of Mississippi will experience freezing temperatures this week, as widespread subzero cold grips much of the nation. Although many people associate hot temperatures with a rise in their electricity bill, very cold temperatures can also cause higher bills. That is why energy efficiency is important year-round.
It takes more energy to keep a home comfortable at 68 degrees when its 25 degrees outside than when temperatures are more moderate. The bigger the difference between inside and outside temperatures, the more energy is used, which affects your bill.
Steps you can take to help save money on winter energy bills include:
Seal air leaks. Install weather stripping around doors, windows and any location where there may be a path between the inside and outside of your home or business.
Adjust the thermostat. Grab a sweater or blanket to stay warm and set the thermostat to 68 degrees. Every degree higher can add 3 percent to your bill.
Conserve hot water. Wrap your electric water heater with a water heater blanket from a local home improvement stores and set the thermostat to 120 degrees or medium.
Keep doors and windows closed. Constant traffic will let out the warm air, forcing your heater to work harder to keep the room at the set temperature.
Ensure fans are turning the right way. Fans should be run at a low speed clockwise during the winter. This helps keep the cold air from blowing down on you.
Keep the air circulating. Don’t block heat registers or air returns with curtains