Energy Savings

Beat the high winter bill blues

Manage your use for a manageable bill

The holidays have come and gone, along with the Christmas lights, days spent baking and cooking and the family that filled your guest bedroom. All this along with colder temperatures may mean a spike on your January or February bills. Take advantage of the tips below to weather the winter high bill season.

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  • Understand your energy use
    Knowledge is power! Take control of your use with the robust analysis tool in SmartHub. This handy dashboard lets you keep tabs on your daily use so you can anticipate next month’s balance and make changes.
  • Understand your bill
    Remember, each month’s bill reflects your use during the previous month — even if it’s mild today, last month’s cold weather will affect this month’s bill. (While you’re looking forward to warmer days, learn more about your bill’s line items and options.)
  • Be smart with that thermostat
    Heating a home can cost two or three times as much as cooling it. Set your thermostat to 68 degrees or lower during the heating season, and 7–10 degrees cooler when you’re sleeping or away from home — this can save you up to 10 percent per year on your electric bill.
  • Make sure your appliances are working properly and are regularly maintained
    Change HVAC filters regularly to ensure your unit is working as efficiently as possible. In addition, a faulty heat pump can cause excessive energy use, and you may not even know it until you get your bill. Learn more here.
  • Explore our alternative rates and save
    We understand that no two members are alike, and neither is your energy use. For energy-conscious members, for example, our Time-of-Use Rate can help you save on your bills. Explore our rates and learn your options.
  • Look for energy-saving tips and resources
    Explore our Energy Service Advisors’ conservation tips here.
  • Ask for help
    Feeling stuck? We offer a variety of payment plans to fit your needs. Call us at 888-554-4732 to learn more.