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Energy Efficiency Tips for this Winter

Heating your home accounts for up to 48 percent of your utility bill. With cold weather already hitting South Texas, this could be a long winter.

Here are some tips to make sure your electric bill doesn't climb too much as the temperature outside drops.

  • Clean or replace your HVAC filter regularly. This will help the unit run more efficiently.
  • Caulk and seal windows. This will keep heated air in the home, where it belongs, and cold air out. Weatherstripping can also stop drafts from coming in through doors and windows.
  • Open draperies and shades during the day to take advantage of the sunlight’s natural heat, and close them at night.
  • Install a programmable thermostat, especially if you are gone most of the day. By automatically turning temperatures down for up to 8 hours a day when you aren't there, a programmable thermostat can save you a significant amount of money.

Some utilities offer customers the ability to see their daily energy use along with weather data, like SmartHub. Take advantage of this if it is something your utility offers. Seeing information on how much electricity you are using day by day can really help you spot issues and help you determine where you can save even more electricity and money.

For more information on ways you can save, go to www.MedinaEC.org/Cold.

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