In the midst of the coldest weather of the winter, Nashville Electric Service (NES) has the following tips to save energy and stay warm:
- Adjust your thermostat to 68 degrees or lower and bundle up in a cozy sweater, warm socks or a blanket.
- Set your water heater’s temperature at 120° F.
- If you haven’t already, weather-strip and caulk your home where air leaks might occur to prevent cold air from entering your home.
- Replace your air filter regularly so your heating system runs safely and efficiently.
- Keep your garage door closed to buffer colder outdoor air from trickling into your home.
- Use exhaust fans sparingly to avoid pulling extra warm air out of your home.
NES recommends enabling text messaging through your online account, so you can quickly report a power outage by texting “OUT” to 637797 (NESPWR). You can also call 615-234-0000 to report an outage.
NES also reminds us about the importance of keeping an emergency kit in your home year-round so you can be prepared in the event of an outage. Emergency kit contents could include:
- Water and non-perishable food items for at least three days
- Battery-powered light source (flashlight, LED lantern, LED candles)
- Fully charged portable phone charger
- First aid kit
- Extra batteries
- Emergency telephone numbers
- Whistle signal for help
- Local maps
- Blankets or battery-operated fans, depending on climate
- Individual needs for infants, seniors, pets or family members with unique health conditions