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Ken's Weekly E-Tip: Keeping Pets & Electric Bill Comfortable

Keeping pets comfortable at home this winter while you are away at work does not have to drive up your electric bill. Do not assume that pets want the same comfort level as the rest of the family. Most dogs and cats can be happy with a wider range of temperatures. An exception might be an older pet or one with medical issues.

Here are some tips to keep them cozy while conserving energy.

 

Sleep Areas

Provide warm sleeping options throughout your house, like a pet bed with a blanket.

 

Heated Bed

A heated electric pet bed or blanket uses less energy than keeping your home's thermostat at a higher temperature. This is particularly true if your house is drafty, your pet is older or has medical issues.

Energy consumption is also lower with these devices for garage-kept pets than using an electric space heater.

 

Pet Door        

Many members install a pet door, but they can be a major air leak problem that drives up heating costs.

Look for doors that incorporate energy-efficient features such as thick construction, weather sealing and the ability to be closed off when not in use.

 

Unique Pets

Exotic pets such as birds or lizards may need to be keep in warmer environments. Consider locating them next to heating sources such as registers or baseboard heaters. Put heat lamps on a timer that can cycle on-and-off to save energy.

 

Entertainment

There are ways to keep Fido entertained than turning on a switch. Give them a variety of toys. A nice perch to see out a window when your away will be more entertaining and less energy intensive than a blaring TV or radio.

 

Pet Sweaters

Consider a pet sweater and lower the thermostat to 60 degrees.

 

Earn $50 Bill Credit

Let CEC install a load control device on your electric water heater and earn a $50 one-time bill credit and a monthly $2.50 bill credit. Load management helps stabilize future power costs. Over $350,000 was saved in 2013 by member participation in this program. It also improves reliability by taking demand stress off of our distribution system at critical times. Call 800-521-0570 x2195 to learn more. Members having a water heater installed by the cooperative are not eligible for the credits.

 

Twitter and Load Control  

Participants in our load control program for electric heat and water heaters can find out when and how long control periods are predicted by logging onto www.central.coop and clicking our Twitter logo. Please remember that these are only predictions and actual times may vary.

 

Energy Efficiency Seminar

Energy efficiency seminars are available for schools and organizations that cover such topics as lighting, insulation and building infiltration. The programs lasts about 30 minutes and can be scheduled by calling 800-521-0570 x2133 or email kmaleski@central.coop.

 

Ideas?

If you have any ideas for future E-Tip topics, email me at kmaleski@central.coop

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