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City of Newton - Community Development

Posted on: November 1, 2023


energy saving tips

Take time to prepare your home for the cold weather. By reducing your energy usage, you can keep your bills lower and take steps to a more energy-efficient lifestyle. Here are some simple ways to be more mindful of your energy usage provided by Black Hills Energy (the city’s natural gas utility provider).

  • When you are home and awake, set the thermostat as low as is comfortable on cold days. A smart or programmable thermostat can make it easy to set back your temperature. 
  • If you have a heat pump, maintain a moderate setting or use a programmable thermostat specially designed for use with heat pumps. 
  • Run complete loads of laundry and dishes to avoid using more hot water and energy than necessary. 
  • Skip the drying cycle on your dishwasher. Instead, prop the door open once dishes are washed and allow them to air dry.
  • Use weather stripping and caulking around doors and windows to seal any holes or gaps, reducing energy waste.
  • Turn down your hot water heater to 120 degrees and ensure the water heater is insulated properly. Water heaters are the second largest energy user in a house, accounting for about 18% of an energy bill.

Find more tips from Black Hills Energy here.
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