You already know how cold it has been to start off the year, but how cold was it? Well, it was cold enough to set a record peak for demand on Central Electric’s system. That only means one thing, we have all been using a lot of electricity.
Due to the extreme cold temperatures this winter, most members are experiencing larger than normal bills. When temperatures drop that low, we consume a lot more energy running our heating systems in an effort to keep our homes warm. You’ll notice that your electricity use is very dependent upon the weather and fluctuates with the seasons, going up in the winter and summer, and down in the spring and fall when it’s more mild.
To help you become more energy efficient, the co-op has a variety of tools available. Visit the “Energy Efficiency” section to see how you can help keep money in your pocket.
How can I help reduce my electricity costs?
Consider installing a programmable thermostat. This will allow you to set the temperature of your home based on times when you will be home. You can set the thermostat to keep the house at a certain temperature and then it will automatically adjust the temperature based on your programmed settings.
Keep it set. Unless you are using a programmable thermostat, in the winter keep your thermostat set at 68° F, or lower, and 78° F in the summer. This will help ease the burden on your heating unit and save you money in the long run.
Seal your home. A low cost option to help seal your home is caulk. Use caulk around areas that may be leaking air from the outside into your home. This will help control the temperature of your home.
Eliminate vampire use. Electric devices use power even when not in use. A simple solution? Plug electronic devices into power strips and turn off when they are not in use or you’re away from home.