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Winter Safety and Energy Efficiency Tips

As the coldest weather of the year makes its way across the United States, EEI and our member companies are committed to helping you and your family stay safe and warm, while also providing you tips to be more energy efficient this winter.
Here are ways to save energy:
  • Set your thermostat as low as comfort permits. Each degree above 68°F can add 3 percent to the amount of energy needed for heating.
  • Open your blinds during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat the house.
  • Cover your windows at night with drapes or curtains.
  • When your fireplace is not in use, close the dampers. Open dampers allow the natural draft of chimneys to pull warm air out during the winter.

Before the temperatures drop, make sure your Emergency Outage Kit is stocked with food, water, medication, batteries, and other items of necessity. It also is important that your phone number and email address are up-to-date with your local electric company. This will help you receive updated information should a power outage occur during a winter storm.

  • Here are winter storm safety tips:

  • Keep space heaters away from flammable objects and curtains, and always turn them off before leaving home.
  • Be careful on snowy or icy walkways and be sure to check on elderly or handicapped neighbors.
  • Stay dry and have warm clothes available, including a coat, hat, scarf, gloves, wool socks, and boots.
  • Check the latest traffic conditions and use major streets or highways when possible as these roadways will be cleared first.
  • Should a power outage occur, report it immediately to your local electric company.
  • Always use flashlights instead of candles to reduce the risk of fire.

More winter safety tips and energy efficiency tips can be found on the EEI website.