Winter weather and bitterly cold temperatures across the area are placing additional demands on the power system. Tuesday night (1/16) and into Wednesday morning (1/17) will bring the highest demand in TVA’s history. With this, CEMC is working hard to keep our members safe and warm while also ensuring reliability of our power system.
Until the temperature moderates over the next few days, 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 down just a degree or two makes a big difference. Setting your thermostat just one degree lower can save up to 3 percent on your power bill. A setting of around 68 degrees or lower is the “sweet spot” to maximize your savings. CEMC is taking its own advice and has already lowered the thermostats in its own facilities.
- A ceiling fan running clockwise will allow you to lower your thermostat four degrees while maintaining indoor comfort.
- Delay using washing machines, dryers, dishwashers and other large appliances until the warmest part of the day when overall heating demand is lower.
- Open window coverings on the sunny side of the house to allow sunlight during the warmest parts of the day.
- If possible, avoid using heaters that run continually as they run up your heating costs.
- Lower your water heater temperature to 120°.
- 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.