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Winter is Coming - Here are Ways to Save on Your Utilities

With local temperatures projected to be colder than last winter, Hamilton Utilities recommends the following tips to help save electricity, natural gas and dollars during the upcoming heating season:

  • Set thermostats on the lowest comfortable setting. Turn your heating system down during extended periods of absence. Heating systems work best by maintaining steady temperatures, instead of making large adjustments.
  • Change your heating system filters monthly. Dirty filters can increase operating costs.
  • Do not block registers and return vents with furniture or drapes.
  • Open blinds, drapes and shades during the day. This allows the sun's rays to heat the interior of your home.
  • If you have a fireplace, keep the damper closed tightly when not in use. Do not use fireplaces during extreme cold as it actually allows cold air to enter living spaces and increase energy costs.
  • Take lukewarm showers and baths and adjust water heater temperature settings to 120 degrees F or below.
  • Make sure your home is properly insulated. Hamilton Utilities recommends R-30 insulation for ceilings, R-19 for floors and R-16 for outside walls. In existing homes, if wall insulation is too expensive to install, concentrate on attic and floor insulation.
  • Close and seal heat registers that heat cold, un-insulated garages, porches or attic storage rooms.
  • Limit use of space heaters to occasional use. Space heaters are a more expensive option to heat and can be dangerous if left unattended.
  • Enrolling in the Hamilton Utilities Budget Billing Program can help levelize your utility bills during periods of extreme weather.