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Power company gives tips to avoid high winter bills

(MGN)

With a drop in winter temperatures comes a rise in household energy use. Dawson Public Power District has several tips to help consumers fight the chill and stay on budget.

According to Dawson PPD’s Energy Services Specialist Bobby Johnson, there are many opportunities for home owners and renters alike to save on energy costs.

  1. Seal air leaks and insulate well to prevent heat from escaping and cold air from entering your home.
  2. Reduce waste heat by installing a programmable thermostat.
  3. Turn off lights when not in use.
  4. Decrease your water heater temperature. The Department of Energy recommends using the warm setting of 120 degrees during fall and winter months.
  5. Unplug electronics like kitchen appliances and TVs when you’re away.
  6. Open blinds and curtains during the day to allow sunlight in to warm your home.
  7. Close blinds and curtains at night to keep cold, drafty air out.
  8. Use power strips for multiple appliances, and turn off the main switch when you’re away from home.
  9. Wash clothes in cold water, and use cold-water detergent whenever possible.
  10. Replace incandescent light bulbs with LEDs, which use at least 75 percent less energy.

Johnson cautioned that consumers need to consider the average temperature and how it relates to their energy use.

Compared to 2016, the average temperature in late October and early November was about ten degrees lower, according to DPPD.

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