Our Home Efficiency Analysis Tool provides members with simple ways they can save energy throughout the home by either contacting a professional or printing easy Do It Yourself (DIY) projects.
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Central Electric Cooperative (CEC) offers two different load control programs: managing solely the electric water heater or controlling electric heating systems. Either program can help you save money. Click here to learn more about these programs.
Energy Saving Tips
Below you will find some major ways you can save money on your electric bill. If you would like to receive an emailed energy saving tip each week you can sign up for Ken's Weekly E-Tip by emailing Ken Maleski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shopping For Appliances?
Members purchasing new appliances should look for the Energy Star label which assures you the product is between 10 to 15 percent more efficient than similar models. CEC offers rebates on six Energy Star appliances. Click here to learn more.
Major Energy Leaks
The average home loses $150 a year to energy leaks, according to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. Here are a few top places to check for energy loss in your home:
Attic Insulation (R-38 recommended for CEC’s service area)
Attic Door (weather-strips or hatch-bag covers)
Band Joist (interface where basement wall meets the home’s frame – caulk or foam)
Ductwork (especially in unheated spaces-use mastic paste or foil-back tape)
Windows & Doors (weather-stripping or plastic film sheets)
Fireplaces (close dampers when not in use)
Exterior Wall Penetrations (caulk up to ¼ inch cracks; foam larger voids)
Flue or Chimney Shaft (use metal flashing and fire-rated caulking)
Wall Socket Outlets & Switches (foam-back covers found at most big box stores)
Pick a windy day and walk around inside your home near the above-mentioned areas. Drafty areas are easy to notice. Energy experts use incense sticks for problem detection. The trick is to see if the stick’s smoke travels in a vertical direction. If it does not, (travels horizontally), you have a leak. Sealing these areas will not only save money, but increase comfort!
Freezer & Refrigerator
There are a lot of energy savings myths out there if you perform an internet search. One of them is placing water bottles in your freezer to save money. Toss that idea, says Brian Sloboda, senior program manager at National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA’s) Research Network. Tap water is typically between 68 and 74 degrees. It takes a lot of energy from your refrigerator to freeze the water, costing you more money than you save.
Your freezer compartment is designed to keep things cold, empty or filled. As long as the door is closed the unit will do its job. If your refrigerator or freezer has been purchased in the last five to ten years, you have a pretty efficient machine. If it is ENERGY STAR approved, so much the better.
The only way this idea saves energy is if the water bottles are placed outside in the winter and nature picks up the tab to freeze them. If the power goes out, placing them in the freezer and keeping the door closed can help.
For more energy saving tips, click on Together We Save.com.
"Many people ask me, “What is the best way to save on my electric bill without spending a lot of money?” Start with lighting. ENERGY STAR qualified light emitting Diode (LED) or compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) provide high-quality light output, use less energy and last up to 10 times longer than standard incandescent light bulbs, saving money on energy bills and replacement costs.
Replacing your five most frequently used light fixtures with ENERGY STAR qualified bulbs can save $30 to $80 a year in energy costs. The additional upfront bulb cost is quickly recovered. And it is something you can do yourself.
Here are some good places to start:
Bathroom Vanity Lights
Bathroom vanity lights is one of the most used fixtures in a home. Brightness is a necessity so use 23-watt CFLs. Remember that humidity can shorten bulb life. Run your ventilating fans during and 15 minutes after showers.
The kitchen area is a high energy user and lighting is very important. CFL flood light lamps work great for recessed lighting. Halogen bulbs are first choice for pendant lighting over island areas.
Porch lights probably rank number one for hours of annual service. Many CFLs will fit easily into existing porch lights. Make sure they are ENERGY STAR qualified for outdoor use. A motion sensor or photocell works well to make sure they are turned off when not needed.
Office & Desk Lighting
Office and desk lighting also receive a lot of use. Again, CFLs and halogen bulbs are preferred. Make sure they are turned off when not in use.