Nashville Electric Service is working to help customers stay warm while saving energy during the severe cold winter weather conditions in the Middle Tennessee forecast.
In the midst of the cold snap, 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.
- 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.
- Open your curtains or blinds on south-facing windows during the day to allow natural sunlight to heat your home.
- If you haven’t already, add weather-stripping or caulk around leaky windows and doors. Block drafts with tight-fitting, insulating drapes or shades.
- Replace your air filter and schedule routine maintenance regularly so your heating system runs safely and efficiently.
- Keep the fireplace damper closed unless a fire is burning.
- Use LED lighting and holiday light strings.
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
The NES call center will be closed Friday, December 23 through Monday, December 26 in observance of the Christmas holiday. Customers experiencing an outage should call and report it to Customer Relations at 615-736-6900 or via the outage map on NESPower.com.