As colder temperatures settle in this week, Middle Tennessee Electric (MTE) offers some simple energy-efficiency tips to help members manage their energy costs.
Home winterizing tips
- Be smart with your thermostat. Set your heating system’s thermostat to 68. You can expect to add 3% to your electric bill for each degree above 68.
- Lower your water heater temperature. Set water heaters to 120oF and reduce hot water use by taking shorter showers. Use cold water for laundry whenever possible.
- Seal leaks around windows and doors. You can also use cardboard, plastic, or blankets to minimize heat loss. Leave drapes or blinds open during sunny winter days to allow the sun’s rays to warm the house but close them at night to help insulate your home.
- Rotate the direction of your ceiling fans. Blades should rotate clockwise during the winter. This pulls cold air up and helps push warm air back down to you, as warm air naturally rises to the ceiling. The fan should run at the lowest speed.
- Replace return air filters. Also, keep your heating and air conditioning equipment clean and well-maintained. A dirty filter will slow down airflow and make the system work harder to keep you warm.
- Turn off the dishwasher’s heat-drying options. Air dry dishes instead of using the dishwasher’s heat-drying options.
- Utilize the myMTE app. The myMTE app has a suite of useful tools, including one showing the hours a member’s household uses the most energy. Members can compare those hours with the temperature outside to get a better view of how much electricity is used when temperatures are lower.
In addition to these tips, MTE has a team of energy efficiency experts ready to help members manage their electric use. To take advantage of this free service, visit mte.com/HomeEnergyCheckups for more information about our energy service coordinators or call 877-777-9020 to speak to a trusted energy advisor. For additional energy tips and resources, visit mte.com/EnergyTips.
For more information, please visit www.mte.com.