Tips to stay warm
The new year has brought with it extremely cold weather to those of us in West Kentucky and West Tennessee. Unfortunately, the frigid weather means higher energy use. Gibson EMC has tools available to provide you with personalized electric use information and analysis. For example one feature we offer allows you to view “Weather Data” overlays to see how weather changes impact your energy consumption. To access this helpful tool and others, follow the steps below:
- Go to www.gibsonemc.com.
- Click on “My Account.” (This will take you to the Member Service Portal.)
- Under the “My Usage” tab, click on “Usage History.”
- Log in with your Gibson EMC account number (all numbers, but no hyphen) and your password. (Your account number can be found near the upper left side of your Gibson EMC bill. If you have never set your Gibson EMC password and receive a monthly bill, you can find your password about one-third of the way down on your bill just above the “COMPARISONS” chart. If you need help with your account number and/or password, just call your local Gibson EMC member service center.)
Following are some tips to help you save energy and money during this cold weather:
- Seal air leaks and insulate well to prevent heat from escaping and cold air from entering your home.
- Reduce waste heat by installing a programmable thermostat.
- Turn off lights when not in use.
- Lower your water heater temperature. The Dept. of Energy recommends using the warm setting (120 degrees) during fall and winter months.
- Unplug electronics like kitchen appliances and TVs when you’re away.
- Open blinds and curtains during the day to allow sunlight in to warm your home.
- Close blinds and curtains at night to keep cold, drafty air out.
- Use power strips for multiple appliances, and turn off the main switch when you’re away from home.
- Wash clothes in cold water, and use cold-water detergent whenever possible.
- Replace incandescent light bulbs with LEDs, which use at least 75 percent less energy.
Visit http://www.togetherwesave.com or https://www.touchstoneenergy.com/together-we-save/energy-efficiency-articles/ for more energy efficiency tips.