Back in the Saddle for 2017

Hello, again! After a hiatus this past summer and fall, we’re pleased to announce that the Smart Power Illinois blog is back up and running.

With heavy rains in California that have eased the state’s drought and snow on the ground in 49 states earlier this month, 2017 has kicked off with a bang — meteorologically, anyway. And under the influence of La Niña, weather scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are predicting that in 2017 the Great Lakes may see more than the average amount of winter snowfall. No better time than the present, then, to refocus our attention on how to make it through the rest of the winter energy-efficiently.

Here are a few tips from our friends at Citizens Utility Board to get you started:

  • Set your water heater at 120 degrees (warm setting).
  • Cover your water heater with an insulating blanket.
  • Clean or replace filters as needed.
  • Caulk leaky windows and seal up the largest air leaks in your house.
  • Properly insulate your attic.
  • Close doors to rooms you’re not using

Check back in weekly for more energy (and money) saving tips, environmental news, and updates on how to take advantage of the Illinois smart grid.

Happy 2017!