Energy Saving Tips For Winter

"One or two degrees above or below that, can be a five percent savings over the term of your month.”

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Electric bills will most likely be on the rise for the next few months as we start to enter the winter season.

Dave Schrader, Public Relations Manager at NRG Energy, joined KDKA Radio on Thursday to explain how a person can save energy, electricity and money throughout the winter time.

He started by telling listeners what temperature to keep the thermostat at;

“If you can keep it at about 68 degrees, that would be an ideal temperature,” Schrader said.

“One or two degrees above or below that, can be a five percent savings over the term of your month.”

It’s a comfortable temperature, while being energy efficient at the same time.

He also suggests that individuals should start thinking about purchasing a “smart thermostat.”

"It monitors the activity in your home and automatically shuts itself off when you’re not home. It knows when you come home, and knows your schedule. It adjusts itself accordingly,” Schrader tells KDKA Radio.

It’s an investment, but it will pay for itself in the long run.

There are also some other ways to warm up your house without even using the furnace.

"When you’re not home during the day, leave your curtains open and let the natural sunlight heat your home,” Schrader added.

When it comes to electricity, people have the option to choose who their supplier is.

“We’re all going to have the utility to deliver the power through poles and wires. The electricity that you get can come from a company like ours.”

Therefore a Duquesne Light customer can still buy NRG Energy’s electricity. 

NRG also offers rewards, while utility companies are not allowed.

“You pay a one-hundred dollar electric bill. A portion of that can go toward airline miles or hotel points,” Schrader explains.

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