Cold Weather Impacts Energy Use

Cold weather leads to an increase in electricity use, which ultimately leads to higher electric bills. There are ways you can manage your electricity use and keep your electric bill lower.

The largest contributor to your energy use and cost is heating and cooling. Follow these tips to control your heating system and energy costs this winter:

  • REC recommends setting your thermostat to 68 degrees or lower in the winter. If you have a programmable thermostat, set it to adjust 4 to 6 degrees less when no one is home. You can then set it to increase the temperature in stages limiting the increase by 1 or 2 degrees at a time so your home is comfortable when you return.
  • Use space heaters sparingly. To run one space heater for 12 hours every day for a month could cost around $67.50.
  • Make sure your house is properly insulated and that all air leaks are sealed.

Members can use My Usage in MyREC SmartHub to manage and monitor their energy use year-round. They can also compare their energy use to the year prior to see how the weather affected their electric bill.
The weather affects electricity use, in turn affecting your electric bills. By taking these simple steps, you can resist the effects of winter and keep your electric bill low.


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Winter Tips
Tips for the WinterEvery degree you raise above 68, add 3 to 5 percent to your cooling costs. See more tips.