Heating Tips



  • In winter, a thermostat set at 68 degrees or lower during the day when the home is occupied is recommended. Your kilowatt-hour usage for heating increases approximately 3% for each degree of temperature setting above 68 degrees.
  • Lower the thermostat a degree or two before you entertain a large group of people.
  • Keep your fireplace chimney damper closed when you are not using the fireplace.
  • Open window shades, drapes and/or blinds that receive direct sunlight during the day.
  • Close shades, drapes and/or blinds at night.
  • Use bath and kitchen exhaust fans only when needed during the heating season. Fans draw heated air out of your home.
  • Use space heaters as little as possible, as they are very expensive to operate.
  • Close dampers on unused fireplaces.
  • Use kitchen, bath and other ventilating fans sparingly. In just one hour, these fans can exhaust a house of warm air.
  • Close vents and doors to unused rooms. Avoid heating un-insulated areas such as garages and crawl spaces. Keep your garage door closed as much as possible.
  • Wear layers of clothing and use extra blankets.