Simple Power Saving Tips for the Winter Season

January 24, 2024

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  • Demand for power is highest during the cold and dark winter months. You could save up to $200 a year on your power bills with 4 simple tips.
  • Start saving power by switching to LED bulbs, unplugging electronics when not in use, installing a timer on your car’s block heater and opening your blinds during the day.
  • Other simple tips to save money on your bills include only running full loads of laundry, setting your ceiling fan to turn clockwise during the winter, avoiding opening the oven door while cooking and baking, utilizing smaller appliances and using your oven’s “self-cleaning” mode right after cooking.

Demand for power is highest during the cold and dark winter months. Start saving power this winter with these 4 simple tips and you could save $200 a year on your power bills.

  1. Switch to LED bulbs

    • Make your home more energy-efficient this winter and save up to $100 annually by switching to LED bulbs. LED bulbs use 80% less power than incandescent bulbs and last up to 15 times longer.
  2. Unplug electronics when not in use

    • Chilly days mean more time spent indoors watching movies and playing video games. Phantom power can account for 10% of your average annual power use. Use a power bar to manage your entertainment, computer and gaming power-use, or simply unplug electronics not in use and save up to $50 a year.
  3. Install a block heater timer

    • Install a timer on your vehicle’s block heater– when the temperature drops below -15 degrees Celsius, set it to begin 4 hours before you plan to use your vehicle to save up to $30 a year.
  4. Open your blinds

    • Open your blinds! Sunlight is free and can save you an average of over $20 annually.

More Tips to Save Money

Check out 5 more easy tips to save on your power bills this winter:

  1. Large appliances, including washing machines and dryers, account for about 35% of the power use in your home. Try to run full loads when doing laundry, don’t over-dry your clothes (or hang them instead), and clean your dryer lint trap after each use.
  2. Use your ceiling fan to help keep you warm in the winter by setting it to turn clockwise to move the warm air that collects near your ceiling down into the rest of the room.
  3. Avoid opening the oven door while cooking or baking. Even a quick peek will release enough hot air to lower the oven’s temperature, meaning more energy is used to get the temperature back up.
  4. Use your smaller appliances as they can often get the same job done in less time while using less energy. For example, when it comes to reheating leftovers, your microwave is about 50% more efficient than your oven.
  5. Use the “self-cleaning” feature on your oven right after you cook. This way, the oven is already at a high temperature, and you do not have to use as much power to heat it up.

Energy Efficiency Programs and Tools — Start Saving Today!

Learn more about available programs and tools to help reduce your power use in your everyday activities:

  • Energy Efficiency Program: Save up to $230 a year on your utility bills and make your home more energy efficient with the FREE Energy Assistance Program available for lower-income customers.
  • Online Energy Assessment for Homes Tool: Uncover ways to reduce your energy use and save on your bill with our Online Energy Assessment for Homes tool.
  • Power Use Calculator: Curious about the monthly power cost of your home appliances? Find out today with our Power Use Calculator.
  • Products and Services Newsletter: Sign up for our Products and Services newsletter at You can learn more about our new and existing programs, while staying up to date on our latest products and services that can help you be more energy efficient and save money.
  • Payment Plans: If you’re having trouble keeping up with your power bill payments, we have options to help you.

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