Top tips from Spire service technicians

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You asked, we answered 

Last month, we asked customers to submit their biggest questions about saving energy and money at home. We sat down with two Spire service technicians (Brian, left, from Alabama, and Vonnie, right, from Missouri) to get their best tips. Hear what the experts have to say. 

  1. Set your water heater to 120 degrees. Hot water heating accounts for about 20% of your energy bill.* When your water heater's temperature is set too high, you lose heat from hot water in your water heater's tank into the surrounding area. Reducing the temperature also keeps you safe from scalding temperatures in your sink and shower. 
  2. Invest in a programmable thermostat. Why heat or cool your home while you're away? Programmable and smart thermostats allow you to automatically set your thermostat to an energy-efficient temperature based on your personal schedule. That means you can set it and forget it. Many modern thermostats can also be controlled from anywhere in the world from your smart phone, too. 

    We recommend setting your thermostat to 68 degrees while you're home and turning it down a few degrees while you sleep to save even more energy and money. If you're going out of town, set your thermostat to 55 degrees instead of turning off your furnace; that way, you can save money while protecting your pipes. 
  3. Regularly change your furnace filter. Changing your furnace filter not only keeps your furnace running smoothly, allowing you to save energy, but it also keeps the air quality in your home healthier. So you can relax and breathe easier while saving money at the same time.

Bonus tip: We offer rebates for energy-saving appliances and devices for your home. Offers vary by state, so be sure to check out our rebates page for the most updated offerings. Explore rebates >

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