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Ken's E-Tip: High Winter Bills

February doles out some of the highest annual energy costs.

We cannot change the cold weather. But here are some ideas to make changes in your home that can save energy:

 

Lighting 

Replace standard bulbs with compact fluorescent light (CFL) lamps that last between six to 12 times longer and use five times less energy. Light emitting diode (LED) bulbs last even longer, 13 to 15 years, and use about 30 percent less than CFL lamps. LED lamp prices are dropping sharply, making them an affordable choice.

Regardless of which type of lamps used, always remember to turn off lights when leaving a room.

 

Heating and Thermostats               

Heating can make up to 50 percent of your winter energy bill. Here are some tips to help save energy:

  • Programmable thermostats, such as the Nest learning thermostat, remembers your daily comfort likings and automatically sets the number to your life style. It comes with a phone app that monitors energy use and provides remote control of a heating and cooling system. In general, set back the temperature 8 to 10 degrees at bedtime or when away.
     
  • Keep furniture and drapes away from register grilles.
     
  • Replace furnace filters on a monthly basis. off when sleeping. Never leave them running.
     
  • Limit the use of electric space heaters and turn them unattended.

 

General Tips

Be energy efficient throughout your house: 
 

  • Use the exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathrooms only when necessary. This minimizes expelling heat from inside the home.
     
  •  Only run dishwasher with full loads.
     
  • Use low-flow shower heads in bathrooms.
     
  • Dry two or more laundry loads in a row to take advantage of a warm dryer. Clean lint filter after every load.
     
  • Repair all water faucet leaks, especially hot water.
     
  • Plug "vampire" loads such as televisions, DVR players and game consoles into power strips. One click turns them all off when not in use.
     
  • If appliance replacement is in your future, make sure new appliances have the Energy Star label and apply for our appliance rebate program.

 

Programs for Low-Income Families

During the winter, the government and Central Electric Cooperative (CEC) help low-income families with their energy bills. To find out more about energy assistance click here.

 

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. Call 800-521-0570 x2195 to learn more. Members having a water heater installed by the cooperative are not eligible for the credits.

 

Home Energy Adventure 

Visit www.central.coop and click on our Home Energy Adventure to see how well you are saving energy at your house.

 

Ideas?

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

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