From Madison Gas and Electric
If we're all energy efficient, we can save energy and money and be good stewards of the environment.
Below are some of the most common ways we all can reduce our energy use during the colder months.
Fix air leaks: Make sure your home is adequately sealed to avoid air leaks. Latch windows and double check weather stripping around doors. Quality
caulking and weather-stripping can last for decades.
If your attic has fewer than 7 inches of insulation, fix air leaks from the house into the attic and add more insulation. Failing to fix air leaks before
re-insulating is a big mistake. Most air leaks come from attics, basements, knee-walls, and garages under living spaces.
Use the "auto" setting on your thermostat: Use your thermostat to set the furnace fan to "auto" instead of "on" to avoid costs resulting from the fan
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Also, lower the thermostat when sleeping and
when away (55°F lowest setting). The longer your
home is at a lower temperature, the more you save.
Consider upgrading to a programmable or smart
thermostat to make saving energy more convenient!
Adjust your curtains and blinds: Close them at
night. This will keep the cold air from dispersing
throughout your home. Open them during the day to
allow the sun to warm the room.
Adjust your water heater: Heating water can account
for up to 25% of the energy used in your home. Turn
down your water heater to 120°F to help save
energy without making a noticeable impact.
Consider a home energy assessment: MGE's
partner in energy efficiency, Focus on Energy, helps
customers purchase a home energy assessment
to help you identify which upgrades make sense for
your home. See a brief video of a home energy
assessment in Monona at energy2030together.
Explore smart home technologies: Smart power
strips, thermostats, light bulbs, and switches make
energy efficiency easy. Smart home technology can
be automated and/or controlled remotely via a
smart phone, tablet, or computer, putting control at
your fingertips no matter where you are.
For more energy-saving information and brief
videos of how new technologies can help meet your
household's energy goals, visit energy2030together.
Energy efficiency is a priority under MGE's Energy
2030 framework for a more sustainable energy
future. Let's work together!