We woke up Tuesday to a cold blustery wind with morning lows near freezing. The forecast is for colder temperatures this morning and for the next few days. According to Weather.com, morning lows in the lower 30s should persist through Sunday.
The forecast calls for chilly but sunny afternoons with highs in the mid to upper 50s. The only rain forecast is on Thursday.
As temperatures drop and winter nears, Cleco offers cold weather tips to help customers conserve energy and stay warm during the colder months.
Winter is not officially here yet. The first day of winter is Dec. 21.
“The lower the temperature is outside, the harder a heating system has to work to keep your home or business warm,” said Hammad Chaudhry, Cleco’s energy efficiency program manager. “During the winter months, customers should set their thermostats no higher than 68 degrees, if possible, for maximum efficiency.”
Cleco encourages customers to use the following tips to conserve energy and stay warm during the colder months:
Set your thermostat at 68 degrees Fahrenheit, if possible.
Heat is lost through doors, windows, cracks around baseboards and electrical outlets. Weather-stripping and caulking in these areas can help prevent heat loss.
If using a space heater, make sure the plug isn’t frayed or torn, as it could start a fire, and keep heaters away from anything that can burn, including papers, clothing and rugs.
Open drapes, shades and curtains during the day to take advantage of solar heat.
Close drapes, shades and curtains at night to retain heat inside.