When it comes to the chilly winter months, there’s nothing more important than keeping your family warm and safe. With natural gas prices on the rise and predictions for a colder winter, higher energy bills are expected this winter, according to a new report from the Energy Information Administration.
There are two things that impact your heating bill: the price of energy and the amount of energy you use. While we can’t control the price of energy, understanding your gas bill and taking steps to make your home more energy efficient can help you reduce costs. Here are some simple tips to help you reduce energy costs this winter:
- If possible, adjust your thermostat down a degree or more.
- Weatherize your home to keep the cold air out and warm air in. Check out this recent blog for more details and tips.
- Leave your shades open for the day to take advantage of the sunshine and natural heat. Make sure to shut them at night.
- Assess your current HVAC system and replace the filter if necessary.
The price of energy
The cost of energy is largely based on the global economy. Events that impact the global fossil fuel market, such as the war in Ukraine, have affected the supply and demand for natural gas.
These events can also help us recognize the significance of renewable energy investments. Our Clean Energy Blueprint is paving the way for a cleaner, more reliable and independent energy system. Our goal is to have all coal eliminated from our generation fleet by 2040, reducing the reliance on fossil fuels.
For more energy saving tips, check out our recent Energy Efficiency blog. You can also check if you are eligible for financial assistance and other resources here.