CEC works to educate all members on ways to save energy and money. Understanding your usage is key to conservation. We can show you specific ways to reduce your energy consumption, and in turn, your electric bill. By practicing some of the following energy conservation techniques, you can lower your monthly bill.
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- Appliances: Every appliance comes with two price tags: the purchase price and the cost of operating the product. These tips will show you how to use your appliances more efficiently.
- Home Heating & Cooling: As much as half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling. Making smart decisions about your home's heating and cooling systems can have a big effect on your utility bills -- and your comfort. These tips will help you increase the efficiency of your heating and cooling.
- Landscaping: These tips will help you develop a landscape that will save you money for years.
- Lighting: According to the Federal Government's Energy Information Administration, residential lighting accounts for 10 percent of all residential energy use. But whether you own or rent your home, lighting is one of the easiest places to save money.
- Phantom Loads: Data from the U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA) has calculated that, on average, electronic devices consume 10 percent of a household's energy each month. Many of these devices use energy even when they are turned off. These tips will help you reduce the phantom loads in your home.
- Pools and Spas: Relaxing in your pool or spa will be much more enjoyable when you know it’s not costing you a fortune. Follow these tried-and-true tips to make a big dent in your power bill.
- Programmable Thermostats: EnergyStar.gov touts that programmable thermostats save an average of 10 percent (about $180 annually) on heating and cooling costs. Here is some information on how to select and fully utilize one.
- Sealing & Insulating: Most energy experts highly recommend sealing homes as airtight as possible, but we can over seal our homes and make them unsafe. So what is a person to do? Here are some ideas to help members understand this dilemma.
- Space Heaters: These are a good way to provide extra heat for rooms that seem to stay cooler. But they are also the single largest contributor to high winter electric bills. These tips will help you utilize this appliance more efficently.
- Water Heating: An electric water heater is second only to space heating and cooling in monthly energy use. These tips can help reduce your water heating costs.
- Weather & Your Bill: Learn how weather can impact your electric bill.