Tips for Managing Utility and Heating Costs
A Message from Richard Porth
President/CEO of United Way of Connecticut
As temperatures drop, home utility usage begins to rise–and so do utility bills. Fortunately, Energize CT offers many strategies that encourage efficient energy usage and can help keep your utility expenses down this winter.
Whether you heat your home with oil, gas, or electricity, the Energize CT website has tips to help keep heating costs in check. A few of these tips are included below. For a full list of smart energy tips, visit the Energize CT Tips Home Page.
Energy Saving Tips:
- Many hot water heaters are factory set for 140° F. That is a lot higher than most people need, and resetting it to 120° F can save energy and money.
- Set the thermostat as low as comfort permits — each degree above 68° F adds 3% to the amount of energy needed for heating.
- Close heating vents and radiator valves in unused areas.
- Make sure that drapes and furniture do not block registers for supply or return air.
- During winter months, closing curtains or drapes at night can cut down on heat loss.
- Keep doors and windows closed as much as possible, including closets and rooms not in use.
- Check for drafts around windows and doors. Caulk and weather-strip wherever necessary.
For more information about energy conservation, utility assistance, home weatherization and other programs or resources available to help with utility and energy costs, please visit the Utility Assistance page on the 2-1-1 website. You can also check out our eLibrary papers regarding Energy Assistant/Utilities at 211ct.org.