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Energy Tips

During the hot summer months, SEC experiences days when electric use is in peak demand. Those days are typically Monday through Friday between 2 and 6 p.m. Use these tips to help you find ways that you can reduce your energy use during these peak days. This effort helps SEC manage the rising costs of electricity.

How to Immediately Reduce Your Energy Use

  • Use appliances like clothes washers and dryers, dishwashers and other electric 
    devices during off peak times.
  • Delay using hot water so that the demand for your water heater is less during 
    the peak times.
  • Set the thermostat on your air conditioning equipment or heat pump up 3 degrees 
    during the peak time and be sure to use your ceiling fans and close your drapes 
    to help the air conditioner even more.
  • Set your pool pump to run overnight during non-peak hours and 6 to 8 hours per day is 
    usually sufficient. Reduce the hot tub temperature when not in use and during peak 
    demand periods.
  • Turn off electronics when not being used, such as computers, TVs and DVD players.
  • Replace your most frequently used lights with compact fluorescent or LED light bulbs.
  • Learn more about your home's overall energy efficiency and find sources of energy waste.
  • Analyze your energy use and learn more valuable saving tips with the tools available in 
    SEC's 
    Home Energy Suite.
  • If you're purchasing new appliances or electronic devices, look for ones with the 
    Energy Star rating. Visit the 
    Department of Energy's web site to find out more.

Other Energy Tips

  • Air seal the cracks, gaps and holes between your living space and attic to keep the air 
    you pay to heat and cool from leaving your home. Insulation does not stop air.
  • Check for and repair leaky ductwork. This is a common problem and 20% of heating 
    and cooling energy is typically lost thru leaky ducts.
  • Insulate your attic after air sealing if it has a few inches or no insulation. 
    12 to 15 inches is recommended.
  • Install a digital thermostat for better control and accuracy of the temperature in your home. 
    Set it comfortably low (68° F) in the winter and comfortably high in the summer (78° F).
  • Insulate hot water pipes.
  • Install low-flow shower heads and take short showers instead of baths.
  • Replace air filters every season or when dirty.
  • Do you really need that second fridge or freezer? This can save $50 - $200 per year, 
    or even more if it is outdoors in the garage or shed.