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!
- 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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