Cooling and Heating Your Home

Feel comfortable and save, all year-long!

With a Time of Use Price Plan you can save money by easily precooling your home during the summer months and preheating your home efficiently during the winter months.

Stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter!
Keep comfortable while saving on your energy bills. In the summer, air conditioning can drive up your energy bills between the months of May and September. With a Time of Use Price Plan you can save money by precooling your home. In the winter, homes with electric heat and heat pumps can easily shift energy usage to get the best deal on the Super Off Peak overnight rate.

Smart Thermostats

A smart thermostat is a high-tech way to save energy. Programmable thermostat savings come from the ability to fine-tune and optimize when your furnace runs. You can program the thermostat to turn down while you’re sleeping or when you’re away and then set it warmer for just before your arrival back home at the end of the day. You can reduce your electric bill in winter without sacrificing comfort.

Save energy with a programmable thermostat
You could save up to 10 percent on your heating bill by programming your thermostat to be at a lower temperature at night and after you leave for work. It's recommended that you don't reduce the temperature more than about 6 - 8 degrees Fahrenheit. For many homeowners, wintertime is the time of year when they are tempted the most to turn their thermostats up to the highest setting possible in order to keep all of those cold drafts at bay. While this may seem like a good idea, it is not. Constantly setting the thermostat to a high temperature during the wintertime will cause a big spike in energy bills.

Day time temperature setting
Setting the thermostat too high when it is cold outside is the equivalent of tossing money out of the window. The warmer your home is the faster thermal energy will be lost to the outside. The lower the temperature is inside of the home, the slower the rate of thermal energy loss. To achieve optimal comfort, it is recommended for homeowners to set their thermostats between 68 to 72 degrees while there are people inside of the home. 68 to 72 degrees is a temperature range that is not too warm or cool, and is sufficient enough to warm up the home just enough so that everyone is comfortable regardless of the type of clothing they have on.

Night time and away temperature
When the house is empty for an extended amount of time and at night, it is a good idea to lower the temperature to 58 to 62 degrees. When everyone is sleep and less active, there is no need for the heating and cooling system to waste energy when it is not needed as much. That temperature setting is also enough to keep the pipes in the home from freezing when the temperatures outside drop and no one is home.

You can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 7°-10°F for 8 hours a day from its normal setting. The percentage of savings from setback is greater for buildings in milder climates than for those in more severe climates.

You can easily save energy in the winter by setting the thermostat to 68°F while you're awake and setting it lower while you're asleep or away from home. The lower the interior temperature, the slower the heat loss. So the longer your house remains at the lower temperature, the more energy you save, because your house has lost less energy than it would have at the higher temperature.