FORT WAYNE, Indiana (WANE) – As the weather begins to change, Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) has shared 10 winter energy saving tips as customers prepare to turn on their heaters for the season.
“Colder temperatures can make heating systems and water heaters work harder, which will eventually
impact a customer’s monthly energy bill, ”said Heather Riggle, I&M Residential Energy Efficiency Manager
Account Manager. “Indiana Michigan Power has a number of energy saving ideas, rebate programs and
payment assistance programs to help customers have a safe and warm winter in their home or business.
Energy saving tips in winter:
- Set the thermostat a little lower during the winter months. A customer can reduce heating costs by 2-3% for
each degree of adjustment. Changing the temperature from 72 ° F to 68 ° F could reduce an energy bill by up to
- Change or clean the furnace filter once a month. Dust and dirt can quickly clog vital parts, making
the oven works harder and eventually breaks down.
- Have the heating system inspected regularly. An annual tune-up of $ 50 to $ 100 can help reduce heating
up to 5% of fees.
- Vacuum registers and vents regularly. Don’t let furniture and drapes block the air flow. Inexpensive plastic baffles can direct air under tables and chairs.
- Safely repair and / or weather stripping to air leaks in the home. Up to 25% of the energy used for
heat / cooling of houses escapes through air leaks. Areas to check include drop ceilings, recessed lighting, attic
entrances, conduits, door frames, electrical outlets and switches, window frames and access to plumbing and utilities.
- Check the exterior of a house or building for air leaks. Check for leaks at water openings
faucets, air conditioner hoses, dryer vents and gas hoses. Use caulk or expanding foam to seal the spaces.
- If drafts are getting under the exterior doors, replace the threshold. If that’s not practical, block drafts
with a rolled up towel or blanket.
- If a house or building has electric baseboard heaters, keep furniture and drapes away
radiators. It is advisable to leave a space of at least three inches under the heating unit.
- If a customer has a wood-burning fireplace, have the fireplace cleaned and inspected regularly.
Burn only fully seasoned hardwoods to produce the most heat.
- Be extremely careful when using a heater. Place it at least three feet away from anything
can burn, including walls, and unplug it before leaving a room.
For more winter tips and ideas, visit www.electricideas.com. I&M said there are over 100 tips and
ideas for customers to save energy and possibly money.