Lower Winter Temperatures May Bring Higher Energy Bills

Winter temperatures have set in across the region, and heating systems are working overtime to keep homes and businesses warm. That means higher energy bills may be landing in your mailbox in the next couple of weeks. Idaho Power can help customers manage their winter energy use, as well as help prevent surprises when winter bills arrive.

As temperatures drop, the heating systems work harder to keep up, even if the thermostat is set at a temperature of 68 degrees. Other appliances may have to work harder as well. If water heaters are in a cold garage, they turn on more often. Lights and electronics, like TVs and game consoles, may see more use as people spend more time indoors.

To avoid being surprised by winter energy bills and reduce your winter energy use, try a few of these tips:

  • Sign up for Idaho Power’s My Account to track your energy use, predict what your next bill may be and monitor how weather impacts your use.
  • While you’re in My Account, sign up for alerts to be notified if your monthly bill reaches a set amount.
  • Turn down the thermostat at night and when you’re away or install a smart thermostat to automatically make the adjustments for you. Some homes heated with electricity or a heat pump may even qualify for a $75 smart thermostat incentive.
  • Seal air leaks around windows and doors and install high-efficiency insulation to keep heated air where it should be — inside!
  • Replace old light bulbs with energy-saving LEDs. LEDs use 70–90% less energy than regular bulbs.
  • Dress for the weather, even inside. Wear layers like sweaters, scarves and warm socks before bumping up the thermostat.

For more energy-saving tips, visit Idaho Power’s Ways to Save page, or check out the company’s winter Energy Efficiency Guide. If you or someone you know is in need of financial assistance this winter season, learn more at Energy Assistance.

Melissa Thom
Marketing Specialist