Greenville Utilities Commission offers winter savings tips

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – With a change in temperatures comes some much-needed changes around the house you may need to make that could mean big savings on your utility bill.

Some people love winter, others hate it.

Greenville Utilities says there are ways to keep your bills down.

The average homeowner can save big by making some minor adjustments around their home.

Winter Savings Tips:

  1. Leave your curtains open during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home.
  2. Set your thermostat as low as you can
  3. Take advantage of Greenville Utilities Free Audit Opportunity. A professional will come to your home and tell you what cost-saving changes you can make.
  4. Seal the air leaks around utility cut-throughs for pipes (“plumbing penetrations”), gaps around chimneys and recessed lights in insulated ceilings, and unfinished spaces behind cupboards and closets.
  5. Keep your fireplace damper closed unless a fire is burning. Keeping the damper open is like keeping a window wide open during the winter; it allows warm air to go right up to the chimney.
  6. Use light-emitting diode — or “LED” — holiday light strings to reduce the cost of decorating your home for the winter holidays.

Another service most other companies offer is an energy audit to your home. This is where a company will come in and inspect what is letting the cold in your house.

This service is typically free to the customs and they can give advice on how to tackle old man winter.

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