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Fall & Winter Conservation Tips

Heating

  • If you're using a ceiling fan in the winter, ensure it rotates in a clockwise direction. Ceiling fans use no more electricity than a standard light bulb. Click here for a coupon.
  • ​If you are looking to install a new furnace, click here for information about how to qualify for up to $650 in rebates.  
  • Change or clean your furnace filters at least once a month to keep your system running at peak performance. 
  • Lower your thermostat temperature to the lowest temperature that is comfortable to your family. You may save as much as 3 percent on your energy bill for each degree you lower your thermostat. Reduce your thermostat setting at night and/or when you are away.​
  • Limit your use of portable heaters. They're great for "spot" heating, but running a 1,500-watt heater 24/7 can be expensive.
  • Heat your home with the sun's help. Leave window shades or blinds open during the daytime on south-facing windows. And consider using solar heat to supplement your normal heating source.

Programming Your Thermostat

  • Set your thermostat fan switch to "auto" to save energy. Leaving it in the "on" position keeps air running constantly. ​
  • Set your thermostat to 16 degrees if going on vacation during the winter months, but don't turn it off.

  • Use a programmable thermostat to adjust the temperature in your home when you're not there. Click here to save $10 or here to save $30 on multipacks!  

  • Lower your thermostat every time you leave the house.

  • If you have ​​​electric baseboard heating, consider purchasing a programmable thermostat. Click here to save $10 or here​ to save $30 on multipacks. ​

In the Kitchen

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  • Microwaves and toaster ovens use between 1/3 and 2/3 less electricity than a conventional oven!
  • Use tight-fitting covers on pots and pans when cooking on the stove to shorten your cooking time and save energy.
  • Keep the oven door closed while cooking – the temperature can drop by as many as 4 degrees each time you open the oven door.
  • Use the smaller burner on the stove to use less energy. 
  • Let dishes air dry instead of using heat dry this will save you up to 50% of your dishwasher's energy consumption. 

  • Set your Energy Star refrigerator's temperature between -1 and 6°C. Use the power-save switch if you have one.

Inside the House

  • ​​Replace your incandescent lightbulbs with LED's to save energy and money.
  • ​Electronics use power even when they're not in use. Power bars help reduce phantom power!
  • Use indoor clotheslines to dry your clothes instead of a dryer. Click here for a coupon.
  • Don't block air vents with drapes and furniture.
  • Turn off your water heater until if you plan on leaving home for any period of time. Most models will reheat the water to the set temperature in about an hour.
  • Make sure baseboard heaters aren't blocked by furniture. 
  • Washing clothes in cold water instead of warm can save you $14 a month on your electric water heating costs.
  • Check for household leaks to make sure air isn't escaping through openings such as fireplace dampers, doors and windows. Click here for a coupon for weather-stripping.
  • If you have a fireplace that you never use, consider getting it sealed as warm air is sucked out if the damper is open.
  • Electronics like microwaves and game consoles use power when they're not in use. Unplug to save on energy.​
  • To track your energy use, monitor your hourly electricity usage online. Login to https://www.horizonutilities.com.
  • Electronics like microwaves and game consoles use power when they're not in use. Unplug to save on energy.

Outside the House

  • Before you install your outdoor lights get the perfect timer. Click here for a coupon.
  • Take care of drafts. Weatherstripping helps to seal off leaky doors, windows, and anywhere else air may escape from your home. Click here for a coupon for door frame kits. Click here for a coupon for foam or v-strip packages.
  • Use motion-detector lights for all your outdoor lighting – they're convenient and efficient.
  • Choose outdoor CFLs for outdoor lighting – they last up to 10 times longer than standard bulbs. Click here for a coupon.
  • Use LED lights to reduce the cost of decorating your home for the holiday season. ​​

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