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Customer Tips for Cost Savings This Spring

With spring here and summer around the corner, electric companies are helping their customers save by providing important tips and information to help them save energy and money. Spring is the perfect time for customers to inspect their homes or businesses and make upgrades that can lead to significant savings and efficiency improvements.

In most cases, energy efficiency adjustments can be implemented at low or no cost to customers. Here are a few simple tips:

  • Insulate Your Home. Insulating your home or business can significantly reduce your heating and cooling costs, while increasing the comfort of your home in the warmer and cooler months.
  • Inspect Insulation. If you have a crawl space, inspect it regularly to ensure that the insulation inside is dry. When insulation gets wet, it isn’t as effective. Be sure to find the source of the moisture and replace any damaged insulation.
  • Plant Proper Greenery. Proper selection and placement of trees, shrubs, and vines helps lower the heating and cooling needs of a home or business.
  • Create a Comfortable Climate. If health permits, you can save money by setting your thermostats at 78 degrees, a reasonably comfortable and energy-efficient indoor temperature. Close window shades, blinds, or drapes to keep cooler air inside.
  • Upgrade Your Thermostat. A web-programmable thermostat can save you even more money—as much as 10 percent off your annual electric bills. Also, it gives you the power to control your home’s temperature remotely, so it’s just right when you walk in the door.
  • Check Your Air Filters. Customers who regularly change filters to maintain their cooling systems can save money and increase the comfort level in their home or business.
  • Allow Air to Flow Freely. Ensure that no furniture or other obstacles are blocking ducts or fans. This will enable cooled air to circulate freely, making your home or business more comfortable.
  • Properly Position Appliances. Keep lamps, televisions, or other heat sources away from your thermostat. Heat from these devices may cause the air conditioner unit to run longer than it should.
  • Check Your Water Heater/Tank. Your water heater/hot water tank is typically the third highest energy expense in the home. Lowering the temperature on the water heater can help save money and energy.
  • Transition to LED Bulbs. Replace incandescent light bulbs with more efficient LED bulbs.
  • Consider an Upgrade. By purchasing ENERGY STAR-certified appliances, smart thermostats, and other qualifying high-efficiency heating and cooling equipment, you can earn rebates.

Saving money and energy is important. However, your safety is more important! Whether you are changing a light bulb, inspecting insulation, or planting a tree, please remember to be safe. Additional cost saving information can be found here.