Warm Up with These Energy-Saving Tips By Angie Ostaszewski, MBA, Advisor, Ameren Illinois

From snow showers to blustery winds, keeping your home warm throughout the winter can be challenging. Ameren Illinois is committed to helping customers find ways to improve comfort, manage usage, and reduce costs. With these energy-saving tips, you’ll be ready to handle snow days like an energy efficiency expert!

Get a humidifier. In the winter, the cold weather can make the air in your home very dry. A humidifier puts moisture back into the air, which makes it feel warmer and holds heat better — so you can set your thermostat at a lower temperature and still feel comfortable.

Unplug unnecessary electronics. Even when an electronic device is turned off, it still draws some power from the outlet — wasting energy. If you plan on taking a trip this winter, be sure to unplug any appliances or electronic devices before you leave that won’t need power while you’re gone.

Use your fireplace carefully. Be sure to keep your fireplace damper closed unless a fire is burning so your heat doesn’t escape up the chimney. To prevent heat loss when using your fireplace, install tempered glass doors to keep the warm air in and a heat-air exchange system, which blows the warm air back into the room.

Fill up on hot cocoa. Winter is the perfect time to get your fix of hot cocoa and warm eggnog! These drinks are delicious and will warm you up at the same time, so you don’t need to turn up the thermostat.

For more energy-saving tips, visit AmerenIllinoisSavings.com/Tips.