With the onset of freezing temperatures and the demise of unseasonably warm temperatures, Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation (MTEMC) officials are reminding members there are precautions to keep their homes warm while minimizing the impact on their electric bills.
"When the cold weather hits, it's easy to raise the thermostat, but doing that also raises your electric bill," said MTEMC Communications Coordinator Josh Clendenen. "There are a number of things you can do that can reduce your energy usage both now when the cold weather is here as well as in the future."
In order to keep the heat in and the cold out, here are a few energy-saving tips:
If your home has southern-facing windows, open the curtains or blinds during the day to allow sunlight to naturally warm your home and close them in the evenings.
Keep your doors and windows closed as much as possible, to include overhead doors on attached garages.
Use a heavy duty, clear plastic sheet on a frame or tape the plastic to the inside of your window frames during the cold times. Make sure the plastic is sealed as tightly as possible to help reduce the chance of cold seeping in.
If you are able, add a bead of caulk to your windows and weather stripping to doors to help seal any potential leaks.
If you have a fireplace, ensure the damper is closed unless you have a fire burning.
Lower your water heater temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
"These tips are just a few of the things members can do to get through this period of freezing weather while still managing their monthly energy consumption," Clendenen said.
For more tips, visit www.mtemc.com or www.energy.gov.