6 Things That Could Be Costing You Money

Aug 7, 2019

Do you know all the places in your home that may be costing you money on your electric bill? We want to help you find ways to save on your electric bill.

Is there a lamp or TV near your thermostat? The thermostat senses heat from these appliances, which can cause the air conditioner to run longer than necessary, costing you money.

Are your drapes or shades open during the day when it is hot outside? If so, you’re letting the sun’s rays heat the inside of your home, making your air conditioner work harder to keep it cool. Close the drapes or shades during the day, especially on the south and west sides of your home.

Is your attic properly insulated? Insulation plays a key role in lowering your utility bills by retaining conditioned air and keeping heat out of your home during the summer. When you add insulation to your home, you can save even more with our insulation rebate. Electric and/or natural gas customers may qualify for a 20% rebate, up to $300, of the total cost of upgrades.

Do you have trees or shrubs shading your air conditioning units? If the air flow isn’t blocked, a unit operating in the shade uses as much as 10% less electricity than the same one operating in the sun.

Are you participating in activities that add heat or humidity to your home? Particularly during the hottest part of the day, activities like cooking or a hot shower can add heat and humidity to your home, making the air conditioner work harder to keep you comfortable. In the kitchen, use a microwave or toaster oven for smaller items.

Are you using a smart thermostat? On average, you can save 8% off heating and 8% off cooling bills with one installed and used correctly. Smart thermostats are Wi-Fi enabled devices that automatically adjust heating and cooling temperature settings for optimal performance based on your preferences and schedule. As a bonus savings, we also offer a smart thermostat rebate to our electric and/or natural gas customers for 50% of the cost, up to $75