DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton Power & Light and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio are reminding people to be mindful of their energy usage during another round of freezing temperatures.
Many people will be doing a lot of things to stay warm by increasing the temperature on their thermostats or using space heaters.
Dayton Power & Light said every time you raise the temperature on your thermostat by one degree, you can expect three percent added onto your bill.
Some tips are available from the PUCO to help people conserve energy while staying warm this winter.
- Set thermostats as low as appropriate to maintain health and comfort.
- Postpone using major electric appliances such as stoves, dishwashers, and clothes dryers until mid-day or after 9 p.m., when the demand for electricity decreases.
- Limit use of natural gas appliances during early morning hours.
- Turn off electric lights and appliances that you do not need or are not using.
- Keep doors and windows closed as much as possible. This includes overhead doors on attached garages.
- Seal off unheated, unused rooms.
- Open south-facing window curtains, drapes, and blinds during the day. Close them at night to keep the heat in.
- Take extreme care when using space heaters. Make sure they are placed away from combustible materials and, if necessary, properly vented to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
In case a power outage occurs, your asked to call your electric company immediately.
Dayton Power & Light crews are already prepared ahead of the freezing temperatures.
“In the Miami Valley, you can experience just about any type of weather,” said Mary Ann Kabel, Director of Corporate Communications with DP&L. “We could have severe weather as we’re experiencing this winter or a very mild winter as we had two years ago. Our crews are well educated and well versed in what they need to do in adverse conditions as well as everyday conditions where you don’t have these extremes.”
There is also assistance available for anyone that might be struggling to pay their utility bills during the winter.