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Cost-cutting tips from TVA to battle cold weather

(The Jackson Sun January 2, 2018)


Tips to Save Energy

If you are like most people, saving energy is important, but saving money is more important. That is why Southwest Tennessee Electric is working to help our members identify ways to not only save energy, but save money as well.

The key to achieving energy savings in your home is a whole-house energy efficiency plan. To take a whole-house approach, view your home as an energy system with interdependent parts. For example, your heating system is not just a furnace—it’s a heat-delivery system that starts at the furnace and delivers heat throughout your home using a network of ducts. Even a top-of-the-line, energy-efficient furnace will burn a lot of fuel if the ducts, walls, attic, windows, and doors are not insulated and leak. Taking a whole-house approach to saving energy ensures that dollars you invest to save energy are spent wisely.

Energy-efficient improvements not only make your home more comfortable, they can yield long-term financial rewards. Reduced utility bills more than make up for the higher price of energy-efficient appliances and improvements over their lifetimes. In addition, your home could bring in a higher price when you sell. It is simple to reduce your energy use at you home. The following are practical solutions for saving energy and  include tips you can use today, throughout your home—from the roof, walls, and insulation that enclose it to the appliances and lights inside.

Easy low-cost and no-cost ways to save energy:

  • Set your thermostat comfortably low in the winter and comfortably high in the summer.
  • Install a programmable thermostat that is compatible with your heating and cooling system.
  • Use compact fluorescent (CFL) or LED light bulbs.
  • Air dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle.
  • Turn off your computer and monitor when not in use.
  • Plug home electronics, such as TVs and DVD players, into power strips; turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use (TVs and DVDs in standby mode still use several watts of power).
  • Lower the thermostat on your water heater to 120° F.
  • Take short showers instead of baths.
  • Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.
  • Look for the ENERGY STAR® label on home appliances and products. ENERGY STAR® products meet strict efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.


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