Cold Weather Conservation Tips

Tips for staying warm and conserving heat in cold weather.


With the very cold temperatures continuing for the next several days, households may be using much more energy than normal. Here are some tips on how you can make sure you’re set up to stay warm and save.

  • Keep your thermostat a few degrees lower than normal, as long as there are no health risks, and lower if you are away from home for more than a few hours. Avoid turning your thermostat up too high, too fast.
  • Clear space around your registers so warm air can flow freely.
  • Close dampers on unused fireplaces and keep garage doors closed to prevent warm air from escaping. Insulate around window and doors to prevent air leaks and keep warm air inside.
  • Soak up the sun by opening curtains on your south-facing windows during the day and let the sunlight heat your home. Then, close them at night to reduce the incoming cold from any drafty windows.
  • Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120°F).

In order to keep your natural gas appliances operating safely and efficiently, it's important to perform regular maintenance and promptly make any repairs. Sign up for our Weatherization Program to identify areas of improvement with the goal of improving the energy efficiency–and comfort–of your home.