Take control of your energy costs during cold-weather periods

Published: Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 07:14 PM.

In the Okaloosa County area, call (850) 243-4531

In the Bay County area, call (850) 769-5259

Gulf Power offers a bill payment option called Budget Billing. Budget Billing can “levelize” monthly payments so customers can know approximately how much their bill will be each month and avoid high cost fluctuations caused by increased energy purchases during very cold or hot periods.

Gulf Power Company has many programs that help customers save money on their energy bills, make their homes more energy efficient or help them get direct assistance.

Things you can do to prepare your home for winter

 *   Heating your house can make up as much as half of your electricity bill so direct most of your attention to your thermostat. Set your thermostat to 68 degrees. For every degree above 68 you add 10 percent to your heating costs. Programmable thermostats are a good investment, or you can take advantage of Gulf Power’s Energy Select. Energy Select is Gulf Power’s advanced energy management program that offers a lower price for electricity 87 percent of the time.

*   An electric blanket is more economical than heating the entire house all night long.

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