The recent weather we are seeing and feeling is a good reminder that winter has returned to Montana. We enjoy the activities that draw us outdoors, but appreciate returning to our warm homes at the end of the day.
This is also a good time to review your home energy use, and take measures to make sure the energy you pay for is efficiently used. As the temperature outside drops, the air inside looks for areas to slip out, and your heating units work longer to keep your homes warm.
NorthWestern Energy’s electric and natural gas rates are similar to what they were at this time last year. It is important to remember that your monthly energy bill will vary, depending on outside temperatures and a number of factors you can control, such as how warm you keep your home, your type of heat source, insulation value in your ceiling and walls, weather-stripping around doors, and the caulking and condition of your windows.
Other items to consider are how long you plug in your vehicles at night, do you use heat tape on water pipes, has your furnace filter been changed, do you use a programmable thermostat, and do the doors on wood burning appliances shut tight against the unit.
We encourage each of you to inspect your home to make sure it is ready for the winter weather. If you haven’t had a free energy audit from us, please call 1-800-523-2995 to see if you qualify. We offer incentives on a number of weatherization measures, please check out our website at www.northwesternenergy.com for details and also check out the list of energy-saving tips.
And as always, please contact our customer service representatives at 1-888-467-2669 if you have any questions about your bill.
Community Relations Manager, Helena