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City of Newton - Community Development

Posted on: November 1, 2023

[ARCHIVED] FALL & WINTER ENERGY-SAVING TIPS

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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