How to manage your December electric usage

Don’t let your electric bill be an unpleasant surprise! For many members, their December electric usage -which is seen on late January/early February billing statements- is the highest they have all year. Cold weather, more time at home and the holidays all contribute to the increase, but you can manage your energy use NOW to keep your bill low:

• Know how much energy you are using! Use the SVEC app for iPhone and Android for quick, easy access to your account and monitor your daily usage. You can also log into your account on our website at www.svalleyec.com. So how much are those kilowatts costing? For 1,000 kWh, you can expect a bill around $120 for a residential account. Having problems accessing your account? Call your local office and we can help.

• Make your house airtight! Cold air infiltrating through windows and doors makes it harder to heat your home. Use caulk and weatherstripping to seal around doors and windows. Make sure your duct work is in good condition- sealed well with no leaks. Heating/cooling accounts for more than half of your energy costs so take good care of your heat pump too by having it serviced at least once a year.

• Keep your thermostat on 68 degrees, water heater at 120 degrees, limit use of space heaters and use a timer for outdoor Christmas lights.

• Turn off and unplug! It’s simple and anyone can do it: turn off appliances and electronics when not in use and it’s best to unplug gaming stations, DVD players and small appliances when not in use.

 

Another tip to consider, sign-up for our “Budget Bill” program so you pay the same amount every month and “settle-up” any overage/shortage once a year.