Be smart with your space heater

You can save on heating costs if you use a space heater to heat where you are in the home rather than turning on your furnace and heating the whole home. Be sure to turn off the heater when you’re not in the room.

Use your zone heating

If you have baseboard, wall heaters, or ceiling cable heat turn down the thermostats in unused rooms and close the door. Zone heating like this can produce energy savings of more than 20% compared to heating both occupied and unoccupied areas of your house.

Keep your heat flowing

If you have furniture or curtains in front of your wall/baseboard heaters or register vents, you could be blocking the heat they’re delivering. Each fall, check to be sure the heaters or vents are not blocked.

Let the sun shine in

Open the shades on south facing windows during the day to let the sun in and close them at night to keep the warmth in.

Keep the warm air in AC Units

Remove your window AC during the winter or seal over it on the inside with a cover to prevent cold air from sneaking in.

Keep the warm air in dampers

Chimneys are designed to suck smoke out of your house but will continue suck away your comfort if you don’t close the damper when they are not in use.

Wear the layered look

Consider wearing layers of clothing inside the house. It will keep your body heat in and you won’t need to turn up the thermostat.

Be Smart with your Thermostat: Heat Pumps

Ask your heating contractor, or call Flathead Electric to find out how much you can turn down your thermostat at night or while away for the day before your expensive electric backup is turned on when you change your thermostat back to a comfortable temperature. If you want to save more install a smart thermostat […]