December Tip of the Month – Time to Plug in Your Heat Tape

  • Many members in our cold climate use heat tape to prevent ice from forming on roofs and gutters and to prevent pipes from freezing. Yet, most members do not realize how these increase their electric bills
  • In our cold climate, heat tape is one of the top five high-energy users. Heat tape consumes energy based on its wattage and length. 100’ of heat tape can use up to 30 kWh per day, which equals 900 kWh per month and can add up to $100 to your monthly electric bill.
  • Wait until the first snow to energize the heat tape, and mark your calendar to turn off your heat tape at the end of the winter season. To reduce the energy usage of heat tape, do not run it continuously. YVEA recommends installing timers on all heat tape circuits. Operate them from 6 am to 5 pm. This may seem counter-intuitive, but the best time to run heat tape is during the day.