But all that doesn’t have to send your power usage through the roof. There are a few tips to keep in mind that can drastically lower your bill.
“The thing to remember is if it’s plugged in or turned on, it uses energy. So anything you can turn off, unplug, go without–it will reduce your energy consumption by some fraction,” said Dave D’Avanzo, Lane Electric Cooperative.
Here are some more tips:
When you’re asleep or out of the house, lower your thermostat by 10 degrees.
Cover draft windows with heavy duty plastic on the inside of the frame.
Set your water heater to 120 degrees. Change your fridge temperature to between 37 and 40 degrees. Your freezer should be zero.