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Spring Brings a Chance to Save


The spring equinox occurs March 20, harkening warmer weather and longer days—and the temptation to use more electricity. Instead, let the start of the season be an opportunity to save energy and money. Here are some tips from the U.S. Department of Energy to start your spring off right.

Install and set a programmable thermostat. You can save an esti-mated 10% per year on heating and cooling costs by using a thermostat that adjusts the temperature automatically for when you’re home, away or asleep.

Use sunlight to your advantage. Choose window treatments that allow you to use natural light while reducing heat transfer.

Open windows to cool your home with a natural cross breeze rather than turning on your air conditioner.
Turn on your bathroom fans to expel unwanted heat and moisture and improve comfort.

Switch to enegy efficient appliances and other electronics, which can save you hundreds of dollars over the lifetime of the products.

Choose energy-saving lighting. Replacing five of your home’s most frequently used incandescent lightbulbs with LED bulbs could save you $75 in energy costs.

Use an electric power strip to help reduce phantom loads and save up to $100 a year. Turn off the power strip when electronics are not in use.

Reduce energy for water heating by lowering your water heater temperature to 120 degrees, installing low-flow showerheads and using cold water to wash clothes.

Hire a professional to maintain your heating and cooling system. Check and replace your air filters regularly and arrange for annual maintenance with a qualified technician.

Check with an energy auditor or a member services professional at Bandera Electric Cooperative to achieve larger savings. They can do an audit of your whole house using special tools to measure your home’s energy efficiency and offer suggestions to make beneficial changes.

Posted: 3/14/2023 1:13:37 PM
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