As the weather begins to change and temperatures start to drop, we know members may be concerned about the cost of keeping warm. Take note of these tips to help you save money and be prepared in the event of an emergency.
Lower the thermostat
Did you know heating your home can cost up to three times as much as cooling it? Set your thermostat to 68 degrees or lower, and be aware of temperature fluctuations. When you’re away from home, you can drop the temperature for even more savings.
If you use a heat pump, increase the temperature in 2-degree increments only to avoid shifting into a more expensive heating mode. Learn more about heat pumps at pec.coop/heat-pump.
Get cozy with layers, blankets, and a cup of something warm. This may allow you to set the thermostat lower — and it’s a nice excuse to spend some extra time under the covers! According to the U.S. Department of Energy, electric blankets can be more cost-effective than space heaters.
Seal in the heat
Make sure all of your windows and doors are sealed tightly to limit outside cold air from entering your home. Weatherstripping and caulking can help lock in heat and prevent wasted energy. You can easily apply these in any areas where air can enter your home.
Track your energy use in SmartHub
Stay on top of your energy use all year long by tracking your habits in SmartHub. The tool includes robust energy use analytics that allow you to compare energy use over time and against weather data. If you need assistance signing up for SmartHub, call us at 888-554-4732 or visit pec.coop/smarthub.
When winter weather makes its way through the Hill Country, monitor conditions closely, and prepare your home.
- Check your trees: Fallen tree branches are a common cause of power outages. If you see trees growing near our lines and facilities, request free tree-care service online through SmartHub at pec.smarthub.coop, or call us at 888-554-4732.
- Create an emergency kit: Be prepared for emergencies before they happen. Put together an emergency kit with items like flashlights, batteries, bottled water, nonperishable foods, and blankets. Learn more about building an emergency kit at pec.coop/winter-prep.
- Know how to contact PEC: We work hard to serve you every day, but outages can still happen. If you experience a service interruption, call us at 888-883-3379, report it online through SmartHub at pec.smarthub.coop, or use the SmartHub mobile app.