ST. LOUIS (Nov. 30, 2020) – For many people, Thanksgiving weekend marks the beginning of the holiday season. As families begin decking the halls, Ameren Missouri is reminding customers of these key safety tips:
Now is also a good time to make sure your home is ready for winter by making it as energy-efficient as possible.
“This winter, many of us will use more energy than in the past to keep our homes warm and well-lit, since we’re continuing to spend more time at home,” said Shelly Harmon, manager of energy efficiency at Ameren Missouri. “Finding ways to be energy-efficient can help everyone save money on their energy statements – something we all appreciate during the holidays.”
LED lightbulbs are safer, sturdier and longer lasting than incandescent bulbs, which helps you save energy inside your home, as well as on your outdoor light display. In fact, LED strings can be used for up to 40 holiday seasons. LEDs are cooler than incandescent lights, reducing the risk of combustion or burns. They are also more resistant to breakage than glass bulbs, which enables them to better withstand wind and snowstorms.
Another important area to check is heating, which can account for almost 50% of a home’s total energy use. To save on heating costs, add insulation and seal any cracks along doors and windows. Clean or replace filters regularly to keep furnaces running efficiently. In addition, upgrading to a smart thermostat can help keep the temperature comfortable, as well as save up to $180 in energy costs each year.
Customers can find instant savings on many energy-efficient products at AmerenMissouriSavings.com, including discounts on LED lights, smart thermostats and energy-saving power strips.
Ameren Missouri has been providing electric and gas service for more than 100 years, and the company's electric rates are among the lowest in the nation. Ameren Missouri's mission is to power the quality of life for its 1.2 million electric and 132,000 natural gas customers in central and eastern Missouri. The company's service area covers 64 counties and more than 500 communities, including the greater St. Louis area. For more information, visit Ameren.com/Missouri or follow us on Twitter at @AmerenMissouri or Facebook.com/AmerenMissouri.