How to treat every day like Earth Day

As we prepare to celebrate Earth Day on April 22, we’re reminded that our commitment to our planet is not something that comes just once a year.

As a cooperative, we’ve committed to doing our part to give back to the Earth by reducing our carbon dioxide emissions by 50% by 2030. Thanks to the efforts we’re making today, we’ll have net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Small steps every day can help lead to big results. Here are a few ways you can join our efforts to treat every day like Earth Day.

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Sign up for energy- and money-saving programs

We offer our members a variety of convenient programs to help you save on energy use and costs. Sign up for as many as you’d like to go green and save green!

Load management: Helps you reduce the amount of energy your air conditioner and water heater use plus pays you bill credits. Visit pemc.coop/load-management for more details.

Smart thermostat savings program: Helps you use less energy cooling and heating your home plus pays you for joining! This program requires a Nest thermostat and WiFi to participate. Visit pemc.coop/thermostat for more details.

Beat the peak: Reminds you to reduce energy use during times when energy use is high for our co-op. Visit pemc.coop/btp for more details.

Time-of-day rates: Lets you pay half price for energy used during times when energy use is low for our co-op. Visit pemc.coop/timeofday for more details.

EV time-of-day rate: Gives you a more affordable option for charging your electric vehicle. Visit pemc.coop/electric-vehicle-rate for more details.

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Plant the seeds for energy-saving

Choose a green billing option: Save the trees when you say goodbye to your monthly paper bill in favor of our paperless billing program. Simply log in to your SmartHub account and change the “Printed Bill Status” slider option to the “OFF” position.

Community solar: Subscribe to panels in our community solar field and receive a monthly bill credit based on the solar productions of your panels. Learn more at pemc.coop/communitysolar.

Online energy calculators: Our calculators can help you see how much energy it takes to use the appliances in your home, interpret your annual heating and cooling costs, provide cost-saving recommendations based on the specifics of your home and more. Try them out for yourself at pemc.coop/tools.

Sign up for SmartHub: Access SmartHub from your desktop or mobile device to see how much energy you use each day. You can also sign up for usage alerts throughout the month so you can better monitor your use and avoid the surprise of a higher bill. Sign up at pemc.smarthub.coop.

Simple acts, big impacts

Here are a few other ways you can help our planet every day and save money in the process.

• Set your thermostat to 78°F in the summer and 68°F in the winter.

• Use ceiling fans to keep rooms cool in the summer. Just remember to turn them off when you leave the room.

• Install a low-flow shower head to reduce excess water use.

• Unplug electronics and appliances when not in use.

• Seal gaps around your doors and windows to prevent outside air from coming into your home.

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