Tips for Saving Energy

March 14, 2019

Many homes’ electric heating systems are working overtime to maintain comfortable temperatures inside the home. The colder temperatures may have a dramatic impact on the amount of electricity you used. Some recommendations to reduce energy use:

Set your thermostat to 68 degrees maximum in winter; turn down to 60 degrees at night

Seal air leaks. Close doors and windows tightly; close crawlspace vents.

Use less hot water. Adjust setting on your electric water heater to 120 degrees. Insulate the tank and hot water pipes.

Limit use of electric space heaters. 

Spare fridge or freezer? If not kept full, it should be emptied and unplugged until needed. Fridges and freezers are not designed to be kept in cold or hot areas like a garage.

For more predictable bills, say goodbye to the peaks and valleys of electric usage with Budget Billing. Pay the average monthly amount based on a year’s worth of usage. The monthly budget amount is recalculated on an annual basis.

This option is perfect for those who don’t want to guess what their monthly payment may be and it eliminates large fluctuations between winter and summer bills. Contact UEC at 541 567-6414 for more information.

For more advice on saving energy, or to troubleshoot what might be causing high energy use, contact Umatilla Electric at 541 567-6414.