Manage your comfort and your energy by applying energy efficiency tips and taking advantage of a number of services Avista has to offer
Post by Dan Kolbet
We’re probably going to get down to single digits in the Spokane/CdA area tonight, here are some tips to make it through the chill. We suggest checking your home’s air flow as one way to help stay comfortable while managing your energy bill.
Make sure door sweeps are in good condition will help prevent cold air from seeping in under doors. As a temporary measure, roll a towel and place at the base of exterior doors. Other no-cost suggestions include:
-Set your heating thermostat at 68 degrees when you are home and reduce it a few degrees at night and when you are away.
-If you have a ceiling fan, select the setting (forward or reverse) that will disperse the warm air collecting near the ceiling. The winter setting should be such that if you stand under the fan you feel no direct breeze.
-Turn off kitchen, bath and other ventilating fans when you are done. In one hour, these fans can pull a house full of warm air right out of the home.
-Don’t block heating registers, move furniture to allow heat to flow freely, and make sure all return air openings are unobstructed.
-Consider rearranging furniture so you are not spending time sitting in front of a window.
-Close drapes and blinds to help keep the heat inside and the cold outside.
-Add a sweater and an extra blanket to stay warm rather than adjusting the thermostat.
-Replace your furnace air filter if you have not done so within the past month.
-Restrict the use of your wood fireplace in extremely cold weather. Fireplaces can rob your home of heat provided by your heating system and reduce your comfort.
Avista offers billing options, such as Comfort Level Billing that can help you manage your energy bill each month. Energy efficiency programs like the home energy analyzer tool and home energy audits, energy efficiency incentives and rebates are also available to help customers manage their electricity and natural gas consumption. Click here to learn more about these programs.