Heating & Cooling
Keeping Cool in the Summer and Warm in the Winter – Prevent High Monthly Bills
Don’t let the warmer weather turn into “summertime blues” or the cold weather turn into the “wintertime blues” when the monthly electric bill arrives. Here are some tips on keeping your electric bill in check.
Adjust the Thermostat. As TogetherWeSave.com demonstrates, lowering a thermostat in the winter can save as much as $85 a year. During warmer months, raising the thermostat a few degrees can save money, too. Set the temperature between 78-80 degrees Fahrenheit, and you could save up to 8 percent on monthly cooling bills.
Programmable thermostats make it easy to save by offering four pre-programmed settings to regulate a home's temperature throughout the year.
Be a “fan-atic”. While they do not replace an air conditioner or a heat pump, fans move the air so everyone feels more comfortable. On milder days, fans can save as much as 60 percent in electric bills. Fans cool people, not rooms, so turn them off when you leave.
Regular maintenance is essential. Marlboro Electric recommends that members have their HVAC systems serviced annually by at NATE (North American Technician Excellence) certified technician. This HVAC professional will check the entire system to make sure it runs efficiently to help extend the life of the system and save you money.
Look for ENERGY STAR equipment. When it is time to replace the heating/cooling system, TogetherWeSave.com recommends replacing it with an ENERGY STAR qualified model. This could reduce energy costs by as much as 30 percent. Check for available tax credits and rebates on qualifying ENERGY STAR models.
Bigger isn’t always better. Too often, cooling equipment is not sized properly and could lead to higher electric bills. A unit that is too large for your home will not cool evenly and might produce higher humidity indoors. That’s why it is important to talk to your energy expert at Marlboro Electric Cooperative.
Instead of getting burned during the summer or given the cold shoulder during the winter with high energy bills, check out Touchstone Energy’s energy-saving website, TogetherWeSave.com, for more money-saving ideas or call the energy experts at (843) 479-3855.
Also, ask about Marlboro Electric’s Energy Resource Conservation (ERC) Loan Program offered to member-owners for improving their homes’ energy efficiency.