Have you received your December electricity bill yet? Tom Gaunt with Pacific Power and Light says the December bill is traditionally the biggest of the year because of cold weather, short days and holiday lights in use.
The utility has several tips on how to reduce power use. The first is to unplug the thug, also known as your phone charger. Phone chargers keep drawing energy while they’re plugged in. It’s also a good idea to shut off computers and other electronic gear when not in use and that includes your kids’ video game systems.
Your TV can be another energy drain. PP and L suggests you dim the display to reduce brightness and contrast. You can improve your heating system by changing the furnace filter. Also, set the thermostat at 68 degrees. When you are asleep or not home, drop it ten degrees lower.