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Even small changes can make a difference

With the kind of weather that’s predicted to be in place for AEC’s service area over most of this week, it’s more important than ever to find ways to save energy. The number one thing we can all do that will result in the greatest reduction in power use (and therefore limit the impact to our electric bills) is to lower our thermostat settings. For every degree of reduction, we can expect to realize a savings of 3 percent–and even more during periods of extreme cold. A setting of 68 (or even 67) degrees is recommended. Other quick, common sense tips include:

  • Use slippers or area rugs to keep your feet warm if you have hardwood or tile floors rather than turning up the setting on your heating system.
  • Check air filters monthly and clean or replace as needed.
  • Open curtains on south-facing windows on sunny days to naturally heat your home with the sun’s energy. (But remember to close curtains or blinds when the sun goes down.)
  • Caulk around windows and replace old weather stripping around doors to keep the warm air in and the cold air out.

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Win a heat pump check-up

All during the month of February, AEC will be conducting a weekly drawing to give away a FREE heat pump check-up, valued at $75. Preventative maintenance can keep your unit working at maximum efficiency, and now’s a great time for a tune-up. Visit aecoop.org for a list of contractors in our Preferred Partners Network—including Ashton Britt Service Company, Lynch Heating and Air Conditioning, Budget Heating & Air, Thomas Heating & Cooling, and Seal Heat and Air. To register for the drawing, send an email with your name, address, electric account number, and telephone number to memberservices@aecoop.org. To be eligible, you must have an active electric account with AEC and use a heat pump for your residential heating and cooling needs. Offer ends 2/27/15. Good luck!

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Increase your home’s value and comfort

Learn more about eScore and how easy it is to get started making your home as energy efficient as possible.

 

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EnergyRight Solutions for Business & Industry

Ever wondered how to improve the energy efficiency of your commercial facility? We have resources and incentives to help you do just that. EnergyRight Solutions for Business & Industry provides expert advice, access to approved contractors and installers, and financial incentives to make your improvement project more affordable. Get started exploring your options through this online application process.

 

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Green Power Providers

The enrollment period is now open! From January 26 until February 13, those interested in participating in the Green Power Providers (GPP) program can learn more and submit their application via this new online tool. GPP offers residential and small commercial members options for installing renewable energy projects that benefit the environment and make sense from an economic standpoint, as well.