As the region experiences severe cold, Black Hills Energy is providing advice to customers on how to avoid massive spikes in energy costs.
• Check your thermostat – If health issues aren’t a factor, set your thermostat to 68 degrees and lower it 2-3 degrees when you’re not home or sleeping.
• Lower your water heater setting – Lowering the temperature setting a few degrees can also save energy. Reducing your water heater temperature below 120 degrees can save you up to 10% on your water heater costs.
• Limit laundry and chores – It’s true… hold off on chores until later in the week. But if you must do laundry or wash dishes, consider efficient energy-use strategies. For example, do full loads rather than smaller partial loads to avoid using more hot water than necessary. If using the dishwasher, change the settings to air dry.
• Multitasking when cooking – Cooking as a family can be a fun way to pass the time, but also a source of higher energy consumption than normal. If you plan to cook multiple dishes or delicious treats, do as many as you can at the same time. Take advantage of the energy that is used to heat the oven fewer times to use less energy.
Keep warm air inside – Use kitchen, bathroom and other ventilation fans only when needed. In just one hour, these fans can evacuate a house full of warm air.
You don’t use it? Unplug it – Unplug office equipment like printers, shredders, scanners, and other appliances, like your coffee maker, to keep them from drawing power when not in use.