Energy-Saving Tips to Manage Your Winter Power Bill

December 10, 2018

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Keeping your home cozy and comfortable while maintaining a manageable utility bill can sometimes be a balancing act in extreme weather. Rocky Mountain Power is sharing some helpful steps for customers to keep electricity costs under control this winter.

“Energy use is very sensitive to temperature in both winter and summer,” said Aric Muhlestein, Rocky Mountain Power director of customer service. “We offer a number of ways to manage bills during those times of the year. We also offer financial incentives for people making home improvements to lower their electric usage, such as adding insulation.”

Customers often contact the company concerning monthly bills during severe winter temperatures. All-electric homes that use baseboard and electric water heating, or use portable electric heaters are particularly high energy users. Operating a standard portable heater just five hours a day can increase your bill an extra $30 a month, and engine block heaters also create added costs.

However, there are a number of wattsmart steps customers can take to keep winter bills under control.

  • Set your thermostat to 68 degrees when at home and 60 degrees at night
  • Change heating system filters and clean air vents
  • Close drapes and blinds at night
  • Wash clothes with cold water
  • Use LED light bulbs
  • Limit the use of portable space heaters

Another popular choice for customers is equal pay. Under equal pay, energy costs are averaged out over the year so bills are more predictable and manageable.

“The sooner you call, the better for equal pay,” said Muhlestein. “If you wait until the higher bills have already come, your average will have gone up, too. This program also helps if you have high cooling costs in the summer.”

Customers can enroll in equal pay online, via the Rocky Mountain Power mobile app, or by phone at 1-888-221-7070.

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