NASHVILLE, TN – Nashville Electric Service (NES) is reminding customers that conserving energy is an easy way to lower monthly electric bills. While residents of Davidson County may be paying more than ever at the gas pump, there are several easy steps that will make heating their home more affordable this winter.
- Maintain a constant temperature when heating your home. On cool days, set the thermostat on the lowest comfortable temperature. NES recommends 68 degrees. You can save as much as 4 percent in total fuel and heating costs for each degree you lower it.
- Use your windows to save money. During the colder months, open drapes when the sun is shining to admit natural warmth. Close window coverings at night and on cloudy days.
- Invest in a programmable thermostat. Program the automatic timer to turn off after you leave the house and to turn on 30 minutes before you arrive home.
- Use low-watt or fluorescent bulbs. They last up to 10 times longer and use only one-quarter as much energy.
When it’s cold, consider these tips:
- Keep all doors and windows closed.
- When you aren’t using your fireplace close the damper.
- Tape clear plastic inside windows if you don’t have storm windows.
- Cover drafts at the bottoms of doorways with a small, rolled-up rug.
When it’s warm, consider these tips:
- Consider running a fan to help circulate air when you are at home. Ceiling fans can make your air conditioner’s job easier while saving you money.
- Clean or replace window unit or central air conditioning system filters monthly. Dirty filters cause air conditioners to work harder, and they cost you more money.
- Do not close off unused rooms or close air registers in rooms if you have an air conditioning system. The system will be less efficient and will cost more to operate.
- Consider landscaping. The shading produced by properly placed trees (not in the way of power lines) can significantly reduce your cooling bill.