(Idaho Power Notice, December 22, 2022)
Idaho Power is sharing tips to help prepare your home for winter.
In a recent email, they say:
With cooler weather comes more time indoors. Taking a few easy steps at home will help you save money and energy while staying comfortable and warm.
Get the most out of the heating season with these energy-saving tips:
- Replace or clean your furnace filter to improve efficiency and help your system last longer.
- Turn down your thermostat at night or when the house is empty. A one-degree change in your thermostat setting can save up to 6% on heating costs. (If you have a heat pump, do not turn down the thermostat more than 2 to 3 degrees.)
- Heat the smallest area possible. If your heating system allows you to control individual rooms, focus on heating occupied rooms where people congregate. At night, an electric blanket can keep you cozy in bed without heating the entire house.
- Open your curtains and blinds during the day to let sun heat your home.
- Vacuum furnace air returns, registers and baseboard heaters. Dust can block airflow and reduce the effectiveness of your system.
- Set the temperature of your water heater so the water at the tap is 120° F.
To learn more energy efficiency tips and tricks, visit idahopower.com/save