FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
December 14, 2021 

DEP Encourages Pennsylvanians to Winterize Their Homes for Savings on Utility Bills 
Winterization increases energy efficiency and saves money 


Harrisburg, PA  With colder winter weather on the way, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection ​(DEP) and Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) offered tips today for Pennsylvanians to save money on utility bills by winterizing their homes. Home winterization can keep homes warmer while using less energy and costing less money.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average Pennsylvania family consumes more than 10,000 kWh of electricity annually and spends more than $2000 per year on energy bills. Half the energy consumed in Pennsylvania homes is for space heating. Fortunately, homeowners can take small steps to make their home safe and more efficient.

“Taking the time now to prepare for the weather ahead is important. Making simple changes to your home can help you to stay warm, save money, and save energy,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell.

Consider these tips this winter to keep your home running efficiently:

If you have a furnace, have it checked by a heating professional. This will make the unit more energy efficient, and provide peace of mind that it is running safely. A heating professional should check the exhaust flue and venting to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Be sure to replace the air filter as directed to keep the air in your home clean and the unit running well. A properly maintained furnace can result in a 10 percent reduction in fuel consumed. 

The most cost-effective way to save energy in the home is to air seal and insulate.

For more information about home weatherization, visit www.dep.pa.gov.

Here’s a list of helpful resources to learn more about energy efficiency:

MEDIA CONTACT: Odessa Meredith, RA-EPNEWS@pa.gov, 717-787-1323

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