Hot temperatures across the area are placing additional demands on the power system, and CEMC is working hard to ensure you remain safe and cool.
Until the temperature moderates over the next few weeks, residents can help reduce their future power bills – and help ensure continued reliable power for the area – by taking a few simple actions:
- Turning thermostats up just a degree or two makes a big difference. Setting your thermostat just one degree higher can save up to 3 percent on your power bill. A setting of around 75 degrees is the “sweet spot” to maximize your savings. CEMC is taking its own advice and has raised the thermostats in its own facilities.
- A ceiling fan running counter-clockwise will allow you to increase your thermostat four degrees while maintaining indoor comfort.
- Delay using heat-producing appliances like stovetops, ovens, dishwashers and dryers during peak demand periods – typically between 6 and 9 p.m. in the evening hours. Use the microwave, air fryer or grill outside to keep the kitchen cooler.
- Close window coverings on the sunny side of the house to block sunlight during the warmest parts of the day.
- Unplug appliances and devices when not in use to reduce phantom power use.
Additional energy-saving tips for keeping your house comfortable and lowering power bills all year long can be found on our website and social media.
During temperature extremes, don’t forget to check on relatives, friends and neighbors to ensure their safety. Pets and livestock will also need a helping hand to remain safe. For any questions, please contact us.