Cold Weather Preparedness Tips January 2024

Cleveland Utilities Authority is monitoring the extreme cold weather entering our area next week and the potential impact it could have.  

During extreme cold temperatures, the demand for electricity significantly increases.  It's likely TVA could ask for customers to take voluntary steps to reduce their use of non-essential electricity. These voluntary reductions can make a big impact and help keep the power system reliable and stable.

Here are some quick and easy tips to conserve energy and help save money on electric bills:

❄️ Heating systems will use a lot of energy during this time, which translates to higher energy bills. Lower your thermostat to a temperature that is both comfortable and safe. Each degree lower can save you up to 1 percent on your heating costs.

❄️ Set your ceiling fan to spin clockwise, which helps move warm air trapped near the ceiling back down into the room.

❄️ Avoid using heaters that run continually; they drive up your heating cost.

❄️ Use layered clothing, blankets and other measures to increase comfort.

❄️ Switch off lights when you leave the room.

❄️ Open blinds during the day to allow sunlight in for natural warming. Close them overnight to retain that heat.

❄️ Delay using washing machines, dryers, dishwashers and other large appliances until the warmest part of the day when overall heating demand is less.