Winter temperatures bring high energy use for Idaho Power customers

Heaters are turning on across our service area, making homes more comfortable for the cold months ahead. That means higher energy bills are just around the corner. Idaho Power can help our customers manage their winter energy use, as well as help prevent any surprise when December’s bill arrives.

As temperatures drop, heating systems in our homes and businesses work extra hard 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 during the holidays or snow days when families or guests are at home.

To prepare your home for winter, try a few of these energy-saving 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.
Install a smart thermostat to help get the most out of your heating when you’re home and limit use while you’re away or asleep.
Seal air leaks around windows and doors and install high-efficiency insulation.
Replace old light bulbs, including holiday lights, with energy-saving LEDs. LEDs use 75 percent less energy than regular bulbs.
Turn the temperature down while guests are visiting or children are home over break. Extra bodies add extra warmth.
Put your holiday lights on an outdoor timer to limit use to only a few hours in the evening.
For more information, customers can visit Ways to Save, or check out last winter’s Energy Efficiency Guide.

Melissa Thom
Communications Specialist