Keeping your heat bill in check during cold snap

DP&L offers home heating tips to keep cost down.  (WDTN Photo)
DP&L offers home heating tips to keep cost down. (WDTN Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – As temperatures drop, your heating bill can skyrocket, but it’s not too late to make a few money saving changes.

It only takes a few simple steps to cut down on the cost of heating your home.

“It’s the time of year that those types of things can really pay off for you.”

Winterizing your home can save you some green.

“Insulating the attic, having proper insulation. Other basic types of weatherization, such as caulking, weather-stripping. Windows can also be an area where you feel a cold draft and a big loss of energy,” said Tom Tatham, DP&L Director of Operations.

Turning your thermostat down at night or when you leave your home is another cost cutting measure.

“Some of the data I’ve seen is every degree above 68 costs you another 3% on your energy bill. I’m sure it depends on the home and the size of the home and how many people, but that will definitely make a difference.”

Dayton Power and Light also has some programs that can help you save energy.

“If the cold weather has maybe pushed your furnace over the edge, we have rebates on electric heat pumps, often combined with an air-conditioner can help save money and energy. We also have other programs like discounts on CFLs. For instance, your lighting is about 10 to 15% of the energy used in home. A CFL uses about a fourth of the energy.”

If you haven’t taken advantage of these cost effective measures, you should do it before the deep freeze hits. “All those things can be helpful and add up.”

Tatham says one of the reasons you see a bigger bill in the winter is because as more customers use electricity, more fuel is required which drives up the costs.

 

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