Energy-Saving Tips For Winter!

Winters in Minnesota can be real tough, whether it’s the snow and extreme cold, or the higher energy bills! While there is not much we can do about the weather, there are ways you can cut down on heating and energy costs this winter. Take a look!

-Keep your thermostat between 65 and 70 degrees. Xcel Energy estimates that customers save 1% of their total heating bill for every degree they set back their thermostat.

-Open blinds to let the sun in during the day. At night, close them to help hold the heat in.

-Don’t heat space you don’t use. Close the vents and shut the doors to infrequently-used rooms and open them when you need them. Minimizing the space you heat can save you money on heating bills!

-Use fans to help move warm air throughout your unit.

-Get insulated or heavy curtains to cover drafty windows and help prevent window heat loss.

-Keep interior doors open to help air circulate more freely and maintain constant heating levels.

-Use space heaters wisely by directing heaters towards people, not spaces, and keep flammable materials away.

-If you are responsible for turning on your furnace/boiler per your lease agreement, don’t forget to change your furnace filter! Doing so not only promotes healthier air flow and quality, it also saves you money!

Another reminder, never turn off your heat, even if you are leaving your unit for an extended period of time. Doing so can lead to frozen pipes, which can cost you a lot of money in the long run. Also, do not turn on stove burners or the oven for heat. This is a big fire hazard and can cause carbon monoxide poisoning.

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