DNREC's Division of Energy and Climate is offering some no-and low-cost tips to help individuals use less energy and save more money this winter.
The following tips include:
- Set thermostat/heater temperatures lower at night and during the day when no one is home. Turn the heat down an hour before bedtime or before leaving the house; when turning the heat up, do not turn it above its usual setting to warm the house faster.
- Instead of turning up the heat, put on a sweater or warmer socks, and keep throws or blankets on the couch for television and video games. Use warm winter bedding – flannel sheets, warm blankets, comforters or quilts – to keep the family comfortable with the house cooler at night. Snuggle up and save money.
- Pull shades or curtains at night to help keep cold out and open them during the day to let sun in.
The Delaware Division of Energy and Climate also works with local non-profit agencies to provide energy conservation services for homes of low-income Delawareans. A family of four making less than $46,000 per year may qualify for free in-home weatherization services that can save owners and renters hundreds of dollars in annual heating bills.
- To reduce energy usage inside your home, turn off or unplug any appliances or electronic devices (such as computers) when they are not in use. Turn off lights when not in use.
- When using the oven, plan to cook three or four items at a time for the same cost as one – and choose a day when everyone is home to enjoy the extra warmth and good scents in the kitchen.
Page 2 of 2 - - Set your refrigerator at 38 to 40 degrees and your freezer at 10 degrees. Also, keep your freezer full, and try to open refrigerator and freezer doors less.
- Save gas by improving your driving habits: accelerate from stops slowly, drive at moderate, steady speeds, and avoid unnecessary braking by coasting to red lights and anticipating traffic speed changes.
- Schedule oil and filter changes and other recommended maintenance to keep your vehicle operating efficiently. Check tire pressure often; under-inflated tires decrease fuel efficiency.
- Combine car trips with family, friends or neighbors, join a carpool or use public transportation if available.
For more information: (302) 735-3480 or visit dnrec.delaware.gov/energy.