Energy Tips for Cold Weather


Arctic air is poised to move into the Johnson City Power Board’s service territory on Wednesday afternoon bringing freezing temperatures. Temperatures will plummet into the teens by Wednesday evening and to the single digits on Thursday morning. Once temperatures fall below freezing late Tuesday night, they are not expected to climb back above freezing until Friday afternoon. Due to this cold weather, precautionary steps should be taken to avoid an unnecessary increase in your energy consumption.

Here are some energy tips for the upcoming cold weather:

  • If you have an electric heat pump, set it and forget it. Once you’ve set your thermostat, leave it alone and don’t readjust.
  • Consider setting your thermostat as low as comfortably possible as each degree above 68-70° will increase your energy bill 3-5%.
  • When the fireplace is not in use, keep the damper closed.
  • Open the blinds on the sunny side of the house during the day and close them at night.
  • Check your doors and windows for air leaks and seal anywhere that air is escaping.
  • Make sure that your attic is properly insulated up to a R-38 value.
  • Use SmartHub to see your energy usage. This allows you to be aware when your energy consumption is increasing and to plan accordingly. To sign up for SmartHub or to learn more, please visit 

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