The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that a one-degree reduction in your normal thermostat setting maintained for eight hours can reduce a home’s energy bill by one percent.
So if you push your thermostat setting down 7 to 10°F during the colder winter months, you can potentially save up to 10 percent on your SWEPCO bill.
For economy, start by setting your thermostat at 68°F and adjust it lower at night or when you’re not at home. Or, consider lowering it a degree each week as you acclimate to the colder weather.
Also, check into programmable thermostats. They allow you to easily adjust settings for when you’re at home, away or sleeping.
You can make saving energy and money this way even easier by investing in a smart thermostat, which automatically adjusts to energy-saving temperatures. SWEPCO will even help you pay for it.
Our customers who own or rent a home or apartment can upgrade their existing thermostat to an ENERGY STAR®-certified smart thermostat to qualify for a $100 rebate. Learn how you can participate at SWEPCO.com/Save.