Be Prepared for Winter Weather!

Simple Steps to stay warm and save energy


With winter weather and cold temperatures in the forecast, we wanted to remind you of some simple steps you can take to stay warm, save money and stay safe.

Summit's Cold Weather Energy and Safety Tips:

  • Keep your thermostat between 68 and 70 degrees during the day and 58 degrees 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 windows 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.
  • Check road conditions in your area before traveling.
  • Check your carbon monoxide (CO) and smoke alarms. These devices are essential to warn you of a fire or dangerous condition involving a furnace, water heater, fireplace or stove.
  • Remember to gently remove snow and ice from your gas meter and vents to avoid carbon monoxide from building up inside your home.
  • If you smell gas, act fast - leave your home and call both 911 and 800-883-3181 right away!

These small steps can save you money and keep you and your family comfortable during the pending storm.

For more energy saving tips, check out these Summit resources:

Stay warm and stay safe.