With Earth Day right around the corner, it’s only natural to think about new ways to make energy-saving choices around your home. Piedmont Electric Cooperative is here to help you in your efforts. By implementing these green strategies, you just might save some green in the process.
Sign Up for Energy-Saving Programs
One of the easiest ways to save energy all year long is by joining our energy-saving programs. Our time-of-day rate, for example, lets you pay a lower rate for the energy you use during off-peak times. As we approach summer, our smart thermostat savings program is another great option, as it helps you save on cooling costs during the hottest days of the year. Also, sign up for Beat the Peak and you’ll get alerts reminding you of peak times so you can reduce your energy use and save money for you and the cooperative which helps keep rates low.
Make Smart Energy Choices Around Your Home
When you make small changes to your energy habits, the impact can be big. We recommend the following energy-saving tips to help you save:
• Set your thermostat to 78 degrees in the summer
• Insulate your electric water heater to reduce heat loss
• Change your air filters monthly to improve air quality and keep your system in good condition
• Unplug electronic devices and appliances when not in use
• Close your window blinds to keep the sun from heating up your rooms
Calculate How to Save
We have tools available to help you better understand your energy use so you can save more money. Use our online energy calculators to see how much it costs to operate appliances, electronics, lighting and more to get a better picture of your current usage. From there, you can come up with a plan with the greatest impact. Find our energy calculators here.
You can help your cooperative go green by opting into our paperless billing program and reducing the amount of paper we use.
All you have to do is log in to your SmartHub account and change the “Printed Bill Status” slider to the “OFF” position to make a green choice with a lasting impact.
By putting these tips into practice, you can help us celebrate Earth Day all year long!