Nashville, Tenn. – Nashville Electric Service urges customers to focus on making energy conservation changes at home due to colder weather this winter. The month of December 2009 was 4 percent colder than it was last year and January is off to a frigid start. Due to a colder December, customers could see an increase in their kilowatt-hour usage compared to the previous year. To lower your bill, try turning your thermostat down a degree or two below where you normally keep it. We recommend a setting of 68 degrees. Each degree that you turn your thermostat back could save you one percent on your monthly heating bill. If you use a fireplace, be sure to close the damper when you are finished. Keep shades and curtains open on windows that get direct sunlight to take advance of the suns warmth. Close them at night to prevent heat loss. What can I do to make my home more energy-efficient? 1. Complete a “do-it-yourself” Home Energy Audit and receive a free energy conservation kit in the mail. 2. Request an In-Home Evaluation from a certified home evaluator and earn cash incentives for improvements.