PSE offers tips on how to lower power bill during cold weather

With low temperatures predicted in the 20s through Thursday morning, it’s tempting to crank up the thermostat.

Here are some tips from Puget Sound Energy on how residents can reduce their power bills:

· Adjust your thermostat. Set your thermostat to 68 degrees Fahrenheit when you’re at home and awake. Lower your thermostat 10-15 degrees for eight hours when you’re asleep and save 10 percent on your heating.

· Use space heaters selectively. Turn baseboard or space heaters down or off in rooms you are not using and close the door. Don’t rely on space heaters as a less costly alternative to heat large spaces — it can end up costing you much more.

· Use your curtains. Open them during the day to allow the warmth in from the sun. At night, close them to reduce the chill from cold windows.

· Only use exhaust fans when necessary. Fans in your kitchen and bathroom pull the hot air that rises to the ceiling out of your home.

· Look at PSE payment options. PSE has a budget payment plan and payment assistance programs.

· Safety first. Never use a grill inside. Don’t use charcoal or gas grills indoors for cooking or heating. They generate carbon monoxide, which is poisonous.

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