Energy Saving Tips From Algoma Utilities

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‘Tis the season of cold temperatures and  our Northeast Wisconsin wind chills.  Algoma Utilities has offered some energy saving tips so you can keep your home warm and the lights on without putting that winter drain on your wallet. 

Take advantage of heat from the sun #1 Take advantage of heat from the sun
Open curtains on your south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home, and close them at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows  




Cover drafty windows #2 Cover drafty windows 


Use a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet on a frame or tape clear plastic film to the inside of drafty window frames during the cold winter months. Make sure the plastic is sealed tightly to the frame.  

Install tight-fitting, insulating drapes or shades on windows that feel drafty after weatherizing.  



Adjust the temperature #3 Adjust the temperature

When you are home and awake, set your thermostat as low as is comfortable. 

When you are asleep or out of the house, turn your thermostat down 5°-10° from your usual setting. This change could save you 10% a year on your electric bill.

A programmable thermostat can make this change easy.  



Maintain your heating systems #4 Maintain your heating systems 

Schedule service for your heating system and replace your filter as recommended by the manufacturer, usually every 2-3 months, or as needed.





Reduce heat loss from the fireplace #5 Reduce heat loss from the fireplace 
Keep your fireplace damper closed unless a fire is burning. Keeping the damper open is like keeping a window wide open; it allows warm air to go right up the chimney.  

When you use the fireplace, reduce heat loss by opening dampers in the bottom of the firebox (if provided), closing doors leading into the room, and lowering the thermostat while the fire is burning. 



Lower your water heating costs #6 Lower your water heating costs

Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120°F). You’ll not only save energy and money, you’ll avoid scalding your hands.




Lower your holiday lighting costs #7 Lower your holiday lighting costs

Reduce the cost of decorating your home for the winter holidays by using light-emitting diode — or LED — holiday light strings 🎄💡  

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