The shift in seasons means a shift in how home energy is managed and while some tips are the same year-round, others are more useful as we head into the colder months.
For many, the winter months mean an increase in energy bills. If you are a PG&E customer, PG&E offers a no-cost energy checkup that will not only show you where you might save energy but may help to better understand your utility bill. Take the FREE Home Energy Checkup to get a list of personalized savings suggestions.
Tuning into energy use can also be a primer for thinking about solar, or other energy saving devices. For instance, in addition to solar, Byers has installed Nest thermostats to keep buildings at the right temperature, including adjusting the thermostat down for holidays, weekends and vacations.
Here are some basic home energy saving tips for cooler weather from PG&E:
- When using your fireplace, turn down your heater. When you’re not using it, close the damper to block incoming cold air.
- Close curtains, shades and blinds at night and during unoccupied periods of the day to help prevent warm air from escaping.
- Set your furnace thermostat to 68 degrees Fahrenheit (68 F) or lower, health permitting. Three to five percent more energy is used for each degree you set your furnace above 68 F.
- When you leave the house, set your thermostat to 56 F. By turning your thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours, you can save five to 15 percent a year on your heating bill.
Want to do more to keep your energy bills down and keep your home safe and comfortable all winter? Check out these blog posts on the benefits of natural daylight, fresh indoor air, solar energy savings and automated thermostats.