Fall Energy Savings for Families

Smart devices and simple tips can make saving energy easy.

Fall—a time for new routines and, for many families, a change of pace from the simpler days of summer. Virtual school is taking education from the classroom to living room. When adjusting to a new routine, it can be easy to lose track of your household energy use. Here are a few quick and easy ways to save energy and manage costs this season. 

Smart thermostats make saving energy effortless

Consider upgrading to a smart thermostat. These internet-connected thermostats automatically adjust your household's heating and cooling systems, lowering the temperature when you're away in the winter or raising it in the summer. Like other smart devices, smart thermostats can be controlled remotely and automatically adjust to your household routine. 

Wisconsin's Focus on Energy program is offering an incentive on smart thermostats for eligible MGE customers. To learn more, visit focusonenergy.com/smart.

Get smart power strips and plugs

If you’re looking for ways to manage energy used by electronics, smart power strips can help save energy by detecting when a device is not being used and then cutting off power to that device.
Smart plugs can be used for almost anything from electronics to lamps. They are available in a variety of styles and prices. Some can even be programmed or remotely controlled with an app. 

Take advantage of the sun

On cool days, let in the sunlight to help keep your home comfortable. 

Think twice about space heaters

As the days get chillier, resist using electric space heaters for heat. Using your furnace, even if it is for just a few hours a day, is more energy efficient than using a space heater. 

A portable electric space heater can be one of the most expensive ways to heat your home. You will not save money using an electric space heater unless you turn your central heating system down several degrees and use it to warm only a small area. And, be sure to take all necessary safety precautions!

Visit mge2050.com/energyuse for additional information on saving energy. Or, if you have questions, call one of our energy experts at the MGE Home Energy Line, (608) 252-7117.

published: Sep-29-2020