Helpful Winter Weather Tips

Texas is a milder winter weather state - average low temperatures between November and February range from 38 to 47 degrees. With a drop in temperature comes a rise in electricity use and costs. But don't be left out in the cold - we're here to help! Below are things you can do to help lower your high winter bill.

Click here to learn how to stay warm without breaking your budget.

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Temperature settings

Set your thermostat to 68 degrees or less. You can save up to 10% on your heating costs by simply turning your thermostat down 10 to 15 degrees for 8 hours a day.
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Fireplace open/close flue

Don't let heat go up the chimney. Make sure the fireplace flue is closed when not in use.
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Ceiling fans

Ceiling fans set at a slow speed with the blades angled down push warm air away from ceilings.
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Insulation

Make sure that walls and the attic are properly insulated. Adding fiberglass insulation in the attic is one of the most cost-effective savings measures.
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Computers

Turn computers and monitors off when not in use. Leaving computers on all the time can cost more than $100 per year on electricity.
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Dishwasher

Air dry dishes instead of using the dishwasher's drying heater.
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Hot water heaters

Wrapping water heaters with an insulated blanket can save $20 annually for a gas heater and $50 annually on an electric heater.
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Keep doors closed

Shut the door or try to minimize the number of times that doors to the outside are opened and closed. Each time doors are opened, cold air enters the house.
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Weather-stripping/caulking

Sealing air leaks with caulking and weather-stripping are some cost-effective measures you can take in your home to save on heating bills.
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HVAC system tuned

Change your filters at least once every 3 months and have your equipment checked annually by a professional.
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Upgrade windows

You could save hundreds of dollars per year by replacing your old windows with new ENERGY STAR® windows that can block up to 70% of the radiant heat indoors during winter.
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Programmable thermostat

According to the Department of Energy, you can save up to 10% on your cooling costs by turning your thermostat back 10-15% for 8 hours a day. With a programmable thermostat, this can be made into an easy, automated task.