New year, new energy-saving resolutions

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It’s that time of year again when we think about our resolutions for the new year. If one of your goals is to save money, Piedmont Electric can help. When you reduce energy use in your home, your bill reflects that savings, meaning this is one resolution you’ll actually want to keep all year long!

Here are some of our favorite energy-saving tips for 2019:

Tackle energy-saving projects
Click here to get personalized energy suggestions for your house so you know that what you’re doing will make a direct impact on your bill.

We also offer a free home energy analysis to all members. One of our energy specialists will visit your home and make suggestions for home energy-saving improvements. To schedule your free home energy analysis, call 800.222.3107.

For the largest impact, make changes based on what reduces the most energy use in your home.

Skip the takeout
It’s cheaper to cook at home than it is to stop by your favorite fast food place after work. As a bonus, food made at home is often healthier than what you pick up from a restaurant. Click here to see a breakdown of how much it costs to run your appliances. You might be surprised to see that it’s cheaper than a value meal from the drive-thru!

Set it and forget it
If you don’t have a smart thermostat yet, now is the time to get one! It allows you to set a schedule for your heating and air conditioning system and even learns your behavior over time to make adjustments as needed. If you already have a Nest or Ecobee smart thermostat, sign up for our smart thermostat savings program to save even more energy and receive a $50 rebate.

Remember that small changes add up
You don’t have to make a big change to notice an improvement in your energy bill. Start small by replacing old lightbulbs in your home with energy-efficient LED bulbs which use less electricity and can last years longer than incandescent bulbs.

Keep energy use top of mind
When you’re trying to achieve a goal (in this case, saving energy) it helps to be reminded of what you’re working toward. Through your SmartHub account, you can sign up for daily usage alerts, so you’ll know exactly how much energy you use each day. Then you can use that information to help you determine changes you should make in your energy habits.