Winter Energy and Money Saving Tips

Are you ready for winter? For DC residents, failing to prepare your home for winter can cause a snowball effect.

Be Ready for Winter Weather

Always have the following supplies on-hand to be prepared for a major snowstorm or power outage (Espanol).

  • Snow shovel
  • Rock salt, snow-melt, or sand
  • Battery-powered radio and extra batteries
  • Cell phone and portable charger
  • Non-perishable food (3-day supply) and a manual can opener
  • Portable space heater or kerosene heater
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Family communication plan
  • Extra blankets
  • First-aid kit
  • Extra water (3-day supply)
  • Prescription medication (consult with your doctor about storing medicine)
  • Cash

Prepare Your Home

As the calendar changes, get ahead of the coming cold weather and winterize your home (Espanol).

Exterior
  • Have roof inspection for missing or loose shingles
  • Inspect for clean gutters and downspouts
  • Caulk windows and weather-strip doors
  • Switch screens to storm windows
  • NTurn off water supply to outside faucets
  • Disconnect garden hoses outside faucets and drain the hose before you store them
  • Drain exterior water faucets of water in the line
  • Use an insulated cover for the outside faucet

Reduce Energy Costs

Take these small steps to manage your energy costs (Espanol).

  • Review and compare previous bills to monitor energy usage
  • Sign up for an online account with Pepco and/or Washington Gas for a more detailed accounting of your energy usage
  • Browse offers to switch your electric supplier using DC Power Connect
  • Apply for discount programs (LIHEAP, UDP, WAP) from the District Department of Energy & Environment
  • Hire a professional auditor or conduct a DIY energy audit
  • Use a programmable thermostat to lower temperatures at night or when you leave home
  • If you have a fireplace, remember to close the damper when it’s not in use
  • If you use electric space heaters, purchase a unit with automatic shut-off
  • Eliminate drafts under the door by using draft stopper(s)
  • If you have ceiling fans, run them in reverse
  • Cover draughty windows with plastic
  • In older homes, insulate the attic
  • Use energy efficient light bulbs
  • Put caulk plates around outlets
  • Insulate pipes

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