Reducing Your Electric Bill
Building more electrical generation capacity, such as hydroelectric dams and coal or natural gas powered plants, is becoming more difficult and expensive, especially with the increased environmental concerns these days. That’s why Tanner Electric Cooperative is taking a lead role in promoting energy conservation amongst our members and community. Besides helping protect our natural resources, like trees, water and fish, Tanner members who partner with us in energy conservation can see some real savings in their monthly utility bills as a result of conservation.
Power Saving Devices
One of the easiest ways to reduce the amount of power you consume is to update your home with new energy saving fixtures and appliances. The new compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) consume about 1/4 of the power of old-fashioned incandescent bulbs while still producing the same amount of light. CFLs also last on average 8 to 10 times longer.
Home Energy Efficiency Analysis
Another way to save money and feel more comfortable at home is to upgrade your home’s insulation. Your home may need more insulation in the ceiling, walls or floor. Energy efficient windows and doors, or simple weather stripping upgrades may make a real difference. Maybe it’s time to upgrade to a high-efficiency gas furnace or heat pump.
Other Energy Saving Techniques
Landscaping affects your home’s comfort and energy consumption. For example, deciduous trees help shade your home in the summer, but let the sunlight in during the cooler months after the leaves have fallen. Turning off all unused lights and only heating the areas of your home that you’re using will add up to significant savings.