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Stay safe, warm and save money as temperatures drop

As winter temperatures begin to drop, Georgia Power encourages customers to keep safety in mind. Colder weather can also mean higher energy bills and, as the low temperatures continue this winter, Georgia Power provides customers with a variety of free tools and resources to help them stay warm while saving money and energy. Customers can make small changes today that can deliver big savings throughout the winter and year-round.

Georgia Power offers the following home safety and energy-saving tips in mind to stay warm, safe and save money this winter.

To stay safe follow these tips.

Power Outlets

Check for outlets that have loose-fitting plugs, exposed wires or broken plates. Have them fixed by a qualified electrician.


Prevent overloading equipment and circuits. It can cause insulation to burn, create sparks and leave exposed wires.

Fire Extinguishers

Know where the nearest fire extinguishers are and how to use them. Only Class C extinguishers are safe to use on energized electrical equipment.

Electrical Appliances

Prevent oil and dirt buildup on electrical appliances which can cause electrical equipment to overheat and short-circuit.

Space Heaters

Keep space heaters away from furniture, curtains, sinks, tubs and water. Do not lay rugs or carpet over the cord. Do not use heaters if the cord is frayed or broken, and do not use an extension cord. Turn off heaters before leaving home or going to bed.

To stay warm and save follow these tips:

Caulk & Strip

Replaced cracked or peeling caulk or weather stripping around doors and windows to save up to 10 percent on energy use.

Its' Great to Insulate

Keep heat where it belongs with proper insulation in attics and walls. You'll save energy 24/7 and be eligible for hundreds of dollers in rebates from Georgia Power.

Focus on the Fireplace

Close the flue damper tightly, or leave cracked if it's a standing pilot light when the fireplace is not in use. Consider increasing fireplace efficiency with a heat circulating fireplace and chimney adapter system.

Let it Flow

Heating accounts for as much as 50 percent of  a home's typical winter energy usage. Maximize the efficiency of the unit by changing the filters once a month, or every three month for pleated filters. Ensure that heating vents are clear of any obstructions, such as furniture or drapes.

Thinking Thermostats

Set your thermostat to 68 degrees or lower and maintain a sonsisten temperature in the house. Each additional degree has a substantial impact on energy costs. Install a programable thermostat that automaticallu adjusts the home's temperature setting when you are away from the house, and save up to $100 a year in energy costs, plus Georgia Power rebates of up to $100.

For additional video tips for preparing for winter weather, visit the Winter Prep page.