PUC Reminds Consumers To Prepare For Cold Weather; Conserve Energy To Reduce Consumption

February 12, 2015

HARRISBURG – With frigid temperatures and extreme wind chills forecasted for much of the state in the upcoming days, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today reminded consumers to prepare for the cold weather by reviewing conservation and safe heating tips.

Severe cold temperatures put extra demands on utility systems, but energy conservation can help to reduce consumption. Try these energy-saving tips:

• Instead of turning up the heat, add an extra blanket or sweater, if your health permits.
• Use a programmable thermostat and set it to lower the temperature at night or whenever the house is unoccupied.
• Keep doors and windows closed as much as possible. This includes overhead doors on attached garages.
• Seal off unused rooms. Close the floor or wall registers and return air vents, and keep the doors closed in those areas.
• Open south-facing window curtains, drapes and blinds during the day. Close coverings at night to keep the heat in.
• Weatherstrip and caulk windows.

For additional energy conservation tips, visit the PUC website at www.puc.pa.gov.