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Farmers Electric Cooperative: Tips to Manage Winter Heating Costs

In a recent communication from the General Manager of Farmers Electric Cooperative, homeowners are reminded that heating during winter contributes significantly to increased electric bills. Accounting for 25 to 30 percent of a home’s annual energy costs, this expense spans a three-to-four-month period. The message highlights the impact of weather, inefficiency, and personal habits on the overall electricity bill, providing practical tips to combat these factors.

Weather: The message emphasizes the direct correlation between the internal temperature range of a home and its heating system's efficiency. By maintaining a consistent temperature range between 65–75 degrees, homeowners can reduce the strain on their heating systems. The advice encourages adjusting thermostat settings to minimize the gap between indoor and outdoor temperatures, ultimately lowering electricity consumption and costs.

Inefficiency: The communication underscores the role of home inefficiency in contributing to higher-than-expected electric bills, especially when coupled with a cold winter. Homes, particularly older ones, may have air leaks and insufficient insulation. To address this, homeowners are advised to seal cracks, gaps, and ensure adequate attic insulation. Regular maintenance of heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems, along with the replacement of outdated appliances, is recommended to optimize energy efficiency and reduce costs.

Home Habits: The message gently suggests that individual habits play a role in increased bills. It advises homeowners to reconsider thermostat settings, suggesting lower temperatures with layered clothing for comparable comfort. Additionally, adjusting the thermostat during times of inactivity, such as overnight or when the house is empty, can contribute to savings. Attention to the temperature settings of water heaters and refrigerators is also recommended for optimal efficiency. Small changes in daily routines, such as washing clothes in cold water, using appliances efficiently, and switching to LED bulbs, are highlighted as simple yet impactful ways to manage winter electric bills effectively.

By implementing these tips and making adjustments within their control, homeowners can navigate the winter season while keeping their electricity bills within budget.

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