TCEC Member Advisory: Cool off electricity use with energy saving tools
Summer forecast predicts hotter than normal conditions. With temperatures rising, air conditioners are kicking on causing higher electricity use. That translates to higher electric bills. Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TCEC) reminds members the cooperative has tools to help members monitor their energy use and find energy saving tips.
“We have not changed our rates,” said Zac Perkins, TCEC chief executive officer. “The biggest factor affecting a member’s bill is how much electricity they use and we’re here to help them manage that if they like.”
TCEC has an online portal at www.tcec.coop that offers hourly charts showing energy use that can help members track their energy use. Members can also view their daily energy use via the free TCEC Mobile app. By using these near real-time tools rather than waiting for a monthly bill, members can take control of their energy use when it is occurring.
To help figure out where their dollars are going, members can take the virtual home tour at www.TogetherWeSave.com or download the free TogetherWeSave.com app with many lightbulb and appliance calculators. During the virtual tour, members will “walk” through a home’s family room, kitchen, laundry room, bedroom, basement and attic. Each area reveals at least two actions to improve a home’s energy efficiency. As the member moves through the room and completes the suggested changes, a running tally of potential energy dollar savings shows on the screen.
TCEC offers these tips to reduce summer electricity use:
- Install a programmable thermostat and use it to increase the thermostat when away from home.
- Set the thermostat to 78 degrees when home for optimal efficiency.
- Use ceiling fans whenever possible.
- Seal air leaks by caulking around windows.
- Use cold water to wash clothes and line dry them instead of using the dryer when possible.
- Remember to unplug electric chargers, televisions and any appliances you are not using.
Members with questions regarding their bill or any aspect of their electric service can call TCEC at 580.652.2418.
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