October is Energy Awareness Month, and what better way to celebrate than to save a little energy (and money)? As the weather cools, Idaho Power reminds you of some simple energy efficiency tips for the fall.
- Replace your air filter to get your HVAC system ready for fall and winter heating.
- Check for leaks and drafts around doors and windows. Seal them to keep cold air out and warm air in.
- When it’s time for heating, set your thermostat at 68 degrees, or as low as comfort and safety allow, and turn it down a bit more at night. If you have a heat pump, limit adjustments to 2–3 degrees.
- Minimize your gadget-use when possible. Extra monitors, keyboards and computers use extra energy.
- Reverse your ceiling fan direction so it runs clockwise on low. This pushes warm air near the ceiling into the room without creating a draft.
- Open the south-side curtains and blinds during the day to let the sun warm your home.
- Consider using a pressure-cooker. Cooking food at a higher temperature with pressure can cut energy use by 50% or more.
One of the best ways to be energy aware — and reduce your use — is to take advantage of the resources in My Account. My Account is your personal, online account management tool that gives you 24-hour access to track and compare your energy use, get advice on how to save energy, and see how the weather is affecting your use.
Find more ways to save energy at idahopower.com/save.