December 15, 2021

Idaho Power has published a series of tips for homeowners that will help them get their homes ready for winter weather.  In an email sent earlier today, they advise:

ONE AND DONE:
  • Weatherstrip and caulk around doors and windows to reduce drafts.  Fixing air leaks is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to improve comfort and reduce energy use.
  • Replace or clean your heating and cooling system filters to improve efficiency and help your system last longer.
  • Set the temperature on your water heater so water at the tap is 120° F.
  • Seal ductwork using mastic or approved, foil-faced tape to keep heated air from leaking into your attic or crawlspace.
  • Ensure you have adequate attic insulation. We recommend a ceiling R-value of 38 or more.
  • Install a smart or programmable thermostat to easily adjust your home’s temperature based on your schedule.  Visit idahopower.com/save to see if you qualify for a $75 smart thermostat incentive!
EVERY DAY:
  • Turn down your thermostat at night or when the house is empty.  If you have a heat pump, do not turn the thermostat down more than 2 to 3 degrees.
  • Run your ceiling fan clockwise on low to push warm air up toward the ceiling and down the walls into the room.
  • Open your curtains and blinds during the day to let the sun heat your home—especially on the south side.
  • Switch off lights and electronics when not in use, including televisions and computers.
  • Wash only full loads of laundry and dishes.

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