Honor Earth Day Your Way

Do you have any plans for Earth Day this year? If not, there are plenty of ways to honor the planet in a way that works for you and Mother Nature. We’ve rounded up some ideas to help you celebrate the planet not just on Earth Day, but year-round as well!

Sign Up for Energy-Saving Programs

When you sign up for one (or all) of our energy-saving programs, it will be easier for you to save money on your monthly bill. But beyond that, it can help you reduce your carbon footprint.

To save during the hottest part of the year, consider signing up for our smart thermostat savings program and air conditioning load management program. Both of these programs offer bill credits during the summer months in addition to helping you lower your bill.

For year-round savings, consider our time-of-day rate, water heater load management program and Beat the Peak program. All of these are designed to help you easily save money on energy costs.

Want to maximize the impact of our programs? Try practicing energy-efficient best practices every day. To learn helpful habits, visit pemc.coop/energy-saving-tips.

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Make Energy-Efficient Updates Around Your Home

Older appliances are typically less efficient, so they use more energy compared to newer models. If it’s time to upgrade the appliances around your home, look for ENERGY STAR® models to maximize efficiency.

Some home upgrades may qualify for our Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Loan Program. Learn more by visiting pemc.coop/loan-program.

Make Smart Energy Choices

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

Get a Free Home Energy Analysis

If you’re unsure about which home updates will make the biggest impact, enlist the help of an expert! You can schedule a free in-home energy analysis done by an energy specialist to get recommendations for home comfort improvements. Schedule yours by visiting pemc.coop/home-energy-advisor.

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.

Go Paperless

One of the easiest things you can do to benefit the planet on Earth Day is to switch to our paperless billing option. Log in to your SmartHub account and move the “Printed Bill Status” slider to the “OFF” position to make the switch. This will help reduce the amount of paper and postage we use and is a simple change that has a lasting impact.

By putting these tips into practice, you can help us celebrate Earth Day all year long!

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