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Tips for managing energy use during COVID-19

Posted on Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 10:31 am

As American families and businesses transition to remote-work, they may see a surge in home energy use – and in upcoming electric bills. Simple money-saving steps can help lower monthly electric bills without jeopardizing safety or comfort.

Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative and electric cooperatives across the country understand the increased financial hardships facing families and businesses due to the economic impact of COVID-19. While many electric cooperatives, including SVEC, have suspended disconnections for non-payment and are waiving late fees, consumers will still be responsible for those bills when the pandemic has passed. It’s important for families to be mindful of their energy use and consider adjusting certain habits to avoid higher energy bills later on. Families who find themselves behind when the pandemic has passed should contact their local SVEC office. Our staff will work with you to set up a payment arrangement agreement that will work for your family.

Recommended energy saving tips include: 

  •     Program your thermostat to maximize energy savings. Setting your thermostat one degree lower when heating or one degree higher when cooling can reduce energy use by up to 5 percent. 
  •     Do full loads of laundry and wash with cold water. Using warm water instead of hot can cut a load’s energy use in half, and using cold water will save even more.
  •     Air dry dishes. This step can cut your dishwasher’s energy use by up to 50 percent.
  •     Substitute LEDs for conventional light bulbs. Lighting can amount to up to 12% of monthly energy use. LED bulbs can cut lighting costs by 75%.
  •     Unplug appliances and electronics when not in use. Small appliances and electronics use energy even when not in use. When powered on, game consoles, televisions and similar electronics are responsible for up to 12 percent of energy use.

For more information on energy saving tips visit this link from Touchstone Energy, the national brand affiliated with NRECA, of which SVEC is a member, dedicated to helping many electric cooperatives better engage and serve their members. You may also visitwww.svalleyec.com.