Easy Ways to Save Energy This Fall

Smart thermostats, smart power strips and strategic window coverings can help you save.

Fall can mean warm days and cooler nights. Here are a few quick and simple ways to save energy and control costs this season. 


Get smart

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. They also offer free energy-saving kits, which include items like smart power strips, that can cut off power to electronics when they are not in use. To learn more, visit focusonenergy.com/smart.


Open and shut

On warm days, closing shades or curtains will help keep your home cool and save on air-conditioning costs. Conversely, on cool days, let in the sunlight to help keep your home comfortable. 

Think twice before turning on that space heater

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: Oct-12-2020