Monday, January 24, 2011

Save Money on Your Electric Bill (Tips from Gatlinburg, Tennessee)

  1. Set thermostat to 68 or lower during the Winter. Above that, heating costs go up almost 5% per degree increase.  This is especially true in colder climates like the Smoky Mountains.
  2. Have a programmable thermostat installed so that it will keep boundaries set to curb extreme electricity use.
  3. Change air filters monthly in your residential or vacation home.
  4. Keep all vents & returns open for adequate air flow throughout the whole house or cabin.
  5. Insulate your outlets throughout your home or Tennessee chalet.
  6. Turn off your water heater if you're going to be out of town for an extended period of time.
  7. Set water heater temperature to 120.
  8. Switch to compact fluorescent light builbs & save up to 75% over incandescent bulbs.
  9. Keep curtains on the south side of the house or Smoky Mountain cabin & closed on the north side during the day to help keep the home warm.
  10. Use area rugs if you have hardwood or tile floors to keep your feet warm.
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