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Energy-Saving Tips for Winter Electric Bills
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 • Posted February 7, 2013

With cold fronts blasting through Central Texas, the mercury has been falling, and for many of us that means the electric bill could be rising. When overnight lows drop below freezing, heaters must work overtime to maintain about a 40-degree difference between indoor and outdoor temperatures. Pedernales Electric Cooperative shares the following reminders to help their members take control of winter bills:

The recommended winter thermostat setting is 68 degrees. Every degree below that can reduce an electric bill by 3 to 5 percent.

When no one’s home, lower the thermostat 5 to 10 degrees. Turning off the heat causes the unit to work overtime when it’s turned back on, eating up any savings that may have been gained.

To ensure optimum efficiency, service heating units every year and change filters monthly.

Space heaters may seem like an economical solution to winter heating, but they can use a surprising amount of electricity.

Keeping curtains or blinds open during the day lets in the sun’s heat. Closing them at night blocks drafts and insulates cold window glass.

More tips and additional conservation resources are available on PEC’s website at www.pec.coop/conservation.

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