How To Prepare For Cold Weather

Next week marks Nashville’s first cold snap of the season. Temperatures are expected to be below 60 degrees. With cooler temperatures approaching, here are some energy-saving tips that’ll keep you warm and cozy!

  1. Don’t crank up the heat! Your bill (and home) will be most energy-efficient when it’s close to 68 degrees fahrenheit. Stay warm by layering up with sweatshirts and getting cozy with your favorite blanket.
  2. Take a closer look at your windows and doors. Ensure heat isn’t escaping your home through drafty windows and doors. If you find cracks and leaks, get a strong sealant, and fill all gaps to ensure your home is saving more energy.
  3. Take advantage of natural sunlight. Natural sunlight can heat your home and reduce the need to turn up the heat. Open your blinds during the day for natural, free heat, and close them at night to keep warm air in.
  4. Make sure your vents aren’t covered. Check for furniture, decor or rugs that may be blocking the distribution of air into your home. Clear vents mean your home is getting the heating and cooling you’re paying for!
  5. Close your fireplace damper. Dampers can cause heat loss in your home. Keep it closed when the fireplace is not in use to avoid heat loss.
  6. Set your water heater to 120 degrees. This prevents scalding during colder temperatures!

Finally, while you may be tempted to heat your home with your oven, you shouldn’t! It’ll raise your electric bill and create a safety hazard in your home. Instead, use these tips to prepare for cold weather!

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