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Ways to Save

Finding your bill higher than normal? Here are a few things to check within your home.

Finding your bill higher than normal? Here are a few things to check within your home.

  • Have you checked heating & cooling units? (“Around 15% of the high bill complaints I get are from customers whose relay switch is out on their heat/air unit.” ~ PEC Customer Service Representative)
  • Do you have a fireplace? As much as 30% of conditioned air could escape through the chimney (remember, a fire needs air to burn).
  • Any new people in house? Each additional person living in a household can add as much as $50 to an electric bill.
  • Do you change the air filters once a month? It can save $80+ per year.
  • Have you changed your thermostat? In the winter, a customer can save around $80 for each degree the thermostat is lowered.
  • Does the customer have new electronics? Unplug them. Unplugging electronics when not in use can save $150+ each year.

  • Have you checked the elements in your hot water heater? It may be time to replace them.
  • Things change from year to year. Houses shift and create new leaks in window areas. Appliances get older. Temperatures last year are not the same as this year.
  • More than 600,000 cubic feet of air can pass through an older home daily. That’s enough to fill 3 Goodyear blimps every day!
  • Ask your Customer Service Representative to compare daily meter readings with temperatures. If usage skyrockets on extreme cold or hot days, the culprit is probably the heating/air unit.
  • How much does it cost? Find the wattage of an appliance (usually located on the appliance) x hours used per month ÷ 1000 = total kWh used by appliance per month.

Helpful Websites

•See Team PEC's 2013 People's Choice Energy Efficiency video:
http://youtu.be/BNCJmTDfZ6E
http://www.energysavers.gov/tips/home_energy.cfm
http://www.togetherwesave.com/

Click here for more ways to save! “You Have the Power! A Guide to Cost-Cutting Conservation Measures."