Get to Know Your Power
When you use energy matters. Using less energy from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. is good for the environment (and your budget). We’ve put together tips, resources and programs to help you manage your energy usage & bill. Together, we can make a difference for a cleaner, greener tomorrow. Business customers, click here.
Energy Management Tools
3 Ways to Cut Your Natural Gas Winter Heating Bill
Dry winter air pulls moisture from your skin, making you feel colder. Instead of reaching for the thermostat, use a humidifier to keep your home humidity between 30 and 50%. You'll feel warmer with some humidity in the air.
Use Space Heaters
Make sure your space heater has a tip-over safety switch, is operated on a hard-level surface, and is turned off when you leave the room. Don't use the heater to dry clothes, and plug the heater directly into the wall to avoid overloading an extension cord.
Energy-Saving Tips for Your Home
Upgrade Your Lighting
The sun sets earlier in the winter, prompting you to use more lighting. Along with LED light bulbs, use ENERGY STAR light fixtures, which use less energy.
Keep Your Furnace Clean
Check furnace filters once a month and replace them regularly. A dirty air filter can increase your energy costs and cause problems with your equipment.
Turn off lights, computers, TVs and other electronic devices when not in use. Use a smart power strip to make powering off even easier.
Don't Get Burned by Hot Water
Lower the thermostat on your water heater to 120°F, if possible. You’ll save energy and avoid scalding your hands.
Wash with Cold Water
Using warm water instead of hot can cut a load's energy use in half; using cold water will save even more energy. Plus, cold water helps your clothes last longer.
Stop the Breeze
Caulk and weather-strip around drafty doors and windows. Use a door sweep, door sock or towel at the bottom of doors with a gap.
Maximizing Time-of-Use to Work for You and the Environment
Did you know the demand for energy is usually higher between 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.? Even if you aren’t on a Time-of-Use plan, shifting energy use outside these hours means you can make better use of cleaner, renewable energy sources when they are more available to the power grid. If you’re on a Time-of-Use plan, which most customers are, shifting your use can also save you money. Save even more by taking advantage of the lowest-priced electricity during super off-peak hours.
Utilize the delay start button on your dishwasher and washing machine, if you can.
Save while you sleep.
Recharge your devices while you do the same, so your devices will be fully charged when you wake up.
Set a timer.
Schedule your pool and spa pumps to run during super off-peak hours.
Winter Safety Tips for Your Home
Safety should come first every season. Here are some helpful safety tips for your home. Visit our safety page for more home safety tips and information on gas safety, powerline safety and more.
Install a Carbon Monoxide Detector
Install a carbon monoxide detector in your home. Check the battery annually and replace the detector every five years to ensure it's working.
Prevent a Fire
Keep electric heaters a safe distance from furniture, blankets and other objects that could catch fire.
Don't Overload Outlets
When lighting for the holidays, always replace damaged light cords and broken sockets instead of trying to repair them. Also, try not to overload electrical outlets.
Watch Out for Hidden Damage
Keep electrical cords away from heat sources and pedestrian traffic. Do not place cords under rugs or mats where damage can go unnoticed.
Energy Management Programs
When you sign up for the energy management programs we offer, you can save energy and earn rewards.