Tips to save on winter utility bills

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - As the nights get colder, Colorado Springs Utilities has some tips to save money on your next utility bill.

CSU said it suggests setting your thermostat no higher than 68 degrees while you’re at home. When you leave or while you’re sleeping, CSU recommends dropping the temperature to 60 degrees.

“As we’re heading into the cooler months, it’s a really great time to start thinking about being energy efficient so you don’t see the higher utility bill,” said Danielle Oller, CSU’s public affairs specialist.

Oller also said CSU recommends homeowners buy smart thermostats that can control the temperature for you. The utility company also offers a $50 rebate for Energy Star-certified smart thermostats.

“The rebate really helps incentivize people to purchase these new efficient products, and it makes it more affordable,” Oller said. “So smart thermostats now might be in the range of $100, and with the $50 rebate, it does make it more affordable for customers to purchase those new products.”

You can find out more information about that rebate on CSU’s website.

Other suggestions to save on your heating bill including getting your furnace checked regularly and changing the filter once a month.

“If you are checking your furnace regularly and having it serviced, it runs easier, it runs better, it doesn’t have to work as hard to keep the home warm, and so that will save you in your costs,” Oller said.

CSU also suggests caulking and weather stripping around windows and doors to seal out any cold air from getting in. CSU also recommends not using portable electric heaters because they can eat up a lot of electricity in a short amount of time.

For more tips, you can visit the Conservation and Environmental Center at 2855 Mesa Road in Colorado Springs. It’s open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Experts are available to provide more information on how people can make their homes more energy and water efficient.