Are you concerned about a high energy bill?
The primary factor impacting your bill from The Energy Cooperative is the cost to heat or cool your home. Weather plays a big part in this, however, there are things you can do to ensure you are using energy as efficiently as possible.
Energy Efficiency Tips for Cold Weather
- Set thermostats to 68°F in winter (or as close as you can while staying comfortable).
- In the winter run ceiling paddle fans on low, blowing air up. Reverse this in the summertime.
- Set water heater temperature no higher than 120°F.
- Wash clothes in cold water. Use hot water only for very dirty loads.
- Set the refrigerator temperature to 34°-37°F and freezer temperature to 0°-5°F.
- Replace any light bulb that burns more than one hour per day with its equivalent LED bulb.
- Turn computers and monitors off when not in use.
- Unplug battery chargers when not needed.
- Change HVAC filters monthly.
- Make sure drapes and shades are open to catch free solar heat in the winter.
- Make sure heating vents are not blocked by furniture.
Has your usage been estimated?
When a bill is estimated, it is based on usage from the same time last year, and can often result in your estimated usage being lower or higher than your actual usage. Your next bill, based on an actual read, will bring your account back in line with the current reading on your meter. If your previous estimated bill was too low, your next bill may be higher than you expected. Similarly, if your bills have been overestimated, you will eventually receive a reduced bill.
Have you used more energy?
You will see your energy usage for the previous twelve months on your bill. This allows you to compare your usage to see when you use the most energy. To understand why you may have used more energy, look at the billing dates on the bill and think about what happened during that period.
- Did someone in your household spend more time than usual at home, or did you have guests staying?
- Did you use more heating during a cold period?
- Did you use more hot water, or did you cook with gas more than you normally do?
- Did you buy or use any additional appliances?
- Are you supplementing your home heating with a space heater? Space heaters do increase your electric usage and you may notice this increase in your utility bill.