Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative is your trusted energy advisor and a valuable energy resource when it comes to helping you save! The following tips can help you become more efficient, saving you electricity and money.
Energy Efficiency Tips:
- Look around your home for no-cost ways to be efficient. Close the curtains in the summer and open them in the winter. Turn off your computers overnight. Also turn off video game consoles when they’re not being used. Better yet, keep them off and send the kids outside to play baseball.
- Look for small steps you can take and DIY. Caulk around drafty windows. Check the attic for the correct amount of insulation. Switch to LED light bulbs. Plant a deciduous tree on the sunny side of your house; in a few years the leaves will cool your home against the sun in summer, then fall off to warm it in the winter. Old cable TV boxes use a lot of energy. If yours is not ENERGY STAR-rated, call your cable provider and ask for a new one. If you have a major appliance – like a refrigerator, washing machine or dryer – that’s more than 10 years old, don’t repair it. The energy efficiency of a newer model will likely pay for itself with energy savings in a few years. Before buying any appliance, look for the ENERGY STAR label, and learn to read it and compare products.
- Call CHEC about energy-saving programs—We can offer advice, appliance rebates or a home energy checkup. You might be surprised to find out what’s really driving up your energy costs.
- Visit www.TogetherWeSave.com for helpful tips and advice.