6 Ways You Can Lower Your Energy Bills This Winter

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Winter is coming, and with it the cold weather and high energy bills. But don’t worry, there are plenty of programs available to help you lower your energy costs this winter! In this article, we will discuss six different ways that you can reduce your energy consumption and save money on your utility bills. So read on to learn more about how you can keep your home warm this winter without breaking the bank!

1. Special Offers and Rebates from ENERGY STAR Partners

Looking to winterize your home and save on energy costs? Check out these special offers and rebates from ENERGY STAR partners. From insulation and air sealing to winterizing your windows and doors, there are plenty of ways to make your home more energy-efficient. And with these offers, you can save money while you do it! So don’t wait – take advantage of these winter deals by visiting the ENERGY STAR rebate Finder.

2. Tax Credits and Other Incentives for Energy Efficiency

As winter approaches, many homeowners begin to think about ways to make their homes more energy efficient. One way to do this is to take advantage of federal income tax credits and other incentives for energy efficiency. These programs can help offset the cost of energy-efficient improvements, making it more affordable to make your home more comfortable and reduce your carbon footprint.

There are a variety of tax credits and incentives available, so be sure to research what is available in your area. You may be able to receive a tax credit for installing energy-efficient windows, insulation, or heating and cooling systems. You may also be eligible for rebates or other discounts on energy-efficient products. By taking advantage of these programs, you can save money and help protect the environment.

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3. ENERGY STAR Home Upgrade

The winter season can be hard on your home, as the cold weather puts additional strain on your heating system. The ENERGY STAR Home Upgrade can help you save money and energy this winter by making six high-impact, energy-efficiency improvements to your home. These upgrades, which include sealing and insulating your home and adding winter weatherstripping, can help you transition from fossil fuels for a cleaner, healthier and more comfortable home.

You can choose the improvements that make the most sense for your home and implement them at your own pace, giving you the peace of mind that you’re doing everything you can to keep your home warm and cozy all winter long.

4. Support from Local Utilities

PECO Energy offers a variety of programs to support eligible customers who may be struggling to pay their utility bills. The Budget Billing program allows customers to set a flat monthly amount, regardless of the season, making it easier to budget for winter energy costs. Customers who are experiencing financial difficulties due to the pandemic may be eligible for grants to help cover utilities. In addition, the CARES program assists customers who have a temporary personal or financial hardship that prevents them from paying their bills.

Special assistance is also available for customers with medical conditions or Protection from Abuse Orders. These programs can help to ensure that eligible customers have access to safe and reliable energy during winter months.

5. The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)

The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is a federally funded program that helps low-income households increase their energy efficiency and reduce energy costs. The program provides energy-saving improvements such as winter weatherization, which helps homes stay warm in winter and reduces energy bills. In Pennsylvania, the program is administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development.

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To be eligible for the program, households must have an income at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. Priority is given to higher-risk residents, such as the elderly, disabled individuals, families with children, and high-energy users. The program is free of charge to eligible households.

6. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps eligible low-income families with winter heating costs and bill payment assistance. To be eligible, participants must need financial assistance with home energy costs and belong to a household that includes a U.S. citizen or eligible immigrant. Persons who participate or have family members who participate in certain other benefit programs, such as SNAP, SSI, TANF, may be automatically eligible.

LIHEAP also offers weatherization and crisis assistance services to help eligible households reduce their energy costs and improve their home’s safety and comfort. For more information on eligibility and how to apply, visit Benefits.gov.

Have you applied any of these tips yet? If not, don’t worry – there’s still time. We hope you have a warm and energy-efficient winter! Please share this article with your friends and family on social media to help them save money this winter too. And be sure to sign up for our free newsletter so you can stay up-to-date on the latest news and information.

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