Heating your home efficiently during freezing temperatures

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Get ready to brave the cold as you head out the door Tuesday morning.

Temperatures won’t get past the mid-30s all day, so WNCT is helping you prepare for this arctic blast.

Stepping outside in the freezing cold, you may be tempted to crank up the heat in your house, but that can cost you big time. So we have some tips for you from Greenville Utilities to save on your utility bills.

  • For your thermostat, set it and forget it. Find the lowest comfortable setting, and don’t change it. The Department of Energy recommends setting it at 68 degrees. Every degree you lower it saves you money.
  • Turn your heating system down when you’re not there, but don’t turn it off. Restarting your heating system uses a lot of energy.
  • Keep your filters clean. That can save you 10 to 15% in energy costs.
  • Only use space heaters to heat small areas for short periods of time. Space heaters only cost $0.18 per hour to operate, but that adds up to a whopping $130 a month.
  • Turn your water heater thermostat down to 120 degrees. For every 10 degrees you reduce water temperature, you can save between 3 and 5% in energy costs.

To make sure you’re prepared this winter, be sure to download our First Alert Mobile Weather App.

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