One can't help but crank the thermostat when the temperature dips into -50 windchills. However, this obviously uses a lot more electrictity, as evidenced by new records set by SaskPower, and so homeowners most likely would be quick to jump at the chance to save whereever possible.
"In terms of conserving power, there's a couple of things that are pretty easy fixes. Turn down the thermostat when no one is home during the day, most modern thermostats have some ability to program that right in," said SaskPower spokesperson Jordan Jackle, adding that cooling and heating represent about a quarter of residential power bills.
"You can plug in your car with a timer. Even on the coldest of nights, your vehicle only needs to be plugged in for about four hours, so using a block heater timer can save you about $25 a year on your power bill."
He noted that turning off the lights when possible, and converting to LED bulbs can made a difference as well.