Take advantage of co-op tools and tips to manage winter energy bills
AULANDER, N.C.– As temperatures drop and winter storm forecasts threaten the region, Roanoke Electric Co-op is reminding member-owners that the co-op has tips, programs and tools available to help keep their homes’ energy use and budget under control.
Tips to save both energy and money when cold weather strikes include:
- Seal air leaks - Use weather stripping or caulk to seal any cracks or gaps around windows, doors and thresholds. Also check ceilings – make sure that fans and light fixtures are properly sealed to the ceiling to prevent the air in your home from escaping into the attic.
- Inspect your insulation - Ensure you have adequate insulation in your attic. This helps keep warm air in your house, rather than allowing it to escape into the attic.
- Set your thermostat - Lower the setting on your thermostat to 68 degrees, or as low as is comfortable, and maintain that temperature setting throughout the cold snap or storm. Your heater has to work harder when temperatures are frigid, so lower temperature settings can lead to savings. Stay warm by wearing layers and adding extra blankets to beds.
- Switch to LED lighting – LED light bulbs are more efficient than incandescent bulbs and Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs, known as CFLs. Make the switch to LED bulbs in your home and enjoy increased efficiency that will create savings now, and all year round.
- Save hot water - It takes energy to heat water, and you can save by adjusting your water heater’s setting to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, installing high efficiency showerheads and washing clothes in cold water.
The co-op offers a variety of Smart Energy Savings programs and tools to help member-owners manage energy use during colder-than-normal temperatures, such as:
- Wi-Fi Thermostat. Internet-connected “smart” thermostats offer member-owners an easy and convenient way of managing their electric bills by reducing demand during peak times. The devices also have the potential to provide wholesale power energy efficiency savings that Roanoke Electric Co-op could pass on to member-owners. The devices are free, and participating member-owners also receive a monthly credit of $4.00
- Mobile App. The co-op's mobile app allows member-owners to track how much electricity they are using by having instant access to their account’s daily usage graphs. The app also allows the member-owner to sign up for high-use text alerts, to help more efficiently manage electricity consumption. The app is free. To download, text “Roanoke” to 797979.
- Bill Pre-Pay. The co-op offers member-owners a prepaid billing option through its Kilowatcher Prepaid Metering program. This option allows the member-owner to spread out energy payments over time with smaller, more frequent transactions rather than having to pay the higher costs that come with extreme weather in one monthly bill. This program puts you in control of your energy consumption and budget.
- Free energy audit. The co-op still has federal financing available for member-owners to invest in cost-effective, energy-efficient home improvements with little or no upfront costs by participating it the co-op’s Upgrade to $ave program. Through the program, any member-owner is eligible to receive a free home energy assessment to determine where savings could be gained through efficiency improvements. This includes duct sealing, efficient lighting and installing high efficiency HVAC equipment. These upgrades will help to reduce the member-owner’s power bills this winter and for years to come.
- Water heater load control program. The co-op offers member-owners free water heater control devices to boost energy efficiency and savings. The devices are free, and participating member-owners also receive a monthly credit of $1.00
To learn more and sign up for the co-op’s cost-savings tools and programs, call 252-209-2236 or visit www.roanokeelectric.com/savings
Roanoke Electric Cooperative provides service to 14,500 members in Bertie, Hertford, Halifax, Northampton, Gates, Perquimans and Chowan counties. Chartered in 1938 to provide light and power to farms, the co-op today serves as an engine of economic development and provides educational, recreational and community assistance services to enhance the quality of life of its member-owners throughout the diverse communities it serves. Roanoke Electric Cooperative is an equal opportunity provider and employer.