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Winter Energy Conservation Tips
January 30, 2014

Memphis and Shelby County are in the midst of one of the coldest winters in years and MLGW wants to help you conserve. What are some of the easiest ways to stay warm and save? Following these these simple steps and start saving today.

  • Set your thermostat at 68° or lower when you're home. Every degree below 68° can save four percent on your heating bills.
  • Wear layered clothing and thick socks to keep warm, then set your thermostat even lower.
  • At bedtime, lower your thermostat and add extra blankets.
  • Lower or turn off thermostat when leaving your home for four hours or more.
  • Close garage doors, cover foundation vents, and close off vents and doors to seldom-used rooms.
  • Keep curtains and blinds closed at night and on cloudy days; open curtains on sunny days for warmth.
  • Place rolled-up towels inside against bottom of exterior doors and window sills to block wintry drafts.
  • Adjust your water heater temperature to 120° or "warm." It still provides hot water and avoids scalding. You can lower it when not in use, too.

Low cost efforts:

  • Buy a programmable thermostat and program in lower temps when needed.
  • Make sure central heating air filters are replaced every 30-90 days.
  • Caulk cracks around windows and doors.

More costly, but savings can be much greater:

  • Install storm windows and doors.