As we’ve gone through the month of August, Northcentral Electric Power Association has worked to bring you energy efficient tips for your home, work, and farm. Hopefully these tips have been helpful in cutting your utility bill during the hottest month of the year.
For your home, we always suggest monitoring your usage with your air conditioner. That’s where most homes use the most energy. Remember, smart thermostats can help you keep a schedule on using the air conditioner when no one is home. Also, turning down your air conditioner to make it cooler faster is a bad idea. Air conditioners put out the same amount of cool air, it just makes them work longer and adds on to your bill.
Also, remember to utilize large heat generating appliances less during the month. Appliances like the oven trigger that air conditioner and now you’re using two large appliances at once.
For work and the farm, preventative maintenance is one of the most important things you can keep in mind when trying to cut back on your bill and being more energy efficient. Simple things like cleaning equipment can reduce the work load of most equipment. When that work load is reduced, less energy is required to get the job done.
No matter where you use electricity, simple things like changing out light bulbs to more energy efficient LED or fluorescent bulbs can save money over time in light replacement and reduced energy use in higher efficiency bulbs.
For our commercial members, we also offer free energy audits from TVA. As a TVA distributor, we can arrange for an auditor to visit your business or farm and see where you are utilizing the most energy. That auditor can also make suggestions on being more efficient and how to cut down on your utility bill. For more information on energy audits, you can call us at (800) 325-8925.
As a democratically controlled power cooperative, we want to hear from our members. If you have any ideas you’d like to share with us or if there’s any information you’d like us to get to you, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.