Local Electricity Cooperative Shares Cold Weather Energy Saving Tips


PINE BELT, Mississippi (WDAM) – From a hot week’s vacation to freezing New Year’s temperatures, the Pine Belt experiences extreme weather conditions.

How do you make sure you don’t make mistakes with your air conditioning and heating that will cost you more? WDAM is at your side to share the advice of a local electricity cooperative.

Leif Munkel is the Director of Marketing and Communications and Member Services for the Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association.

“The temperature outside directly affects how much you’re going to pay on your electric bill,” Munkel said.

According to companies, that little box on your wall has a big impact on your wallet.

“I think it goes down into the low 30s 20s, so if you try to keep your thermostat at 70 degrees, and you have a 40 degree difference between the temperature outside and the temperature you are trying to keep inside. your home, your heating systems are going to have to work even harder to try to keep pace, ”Munkel said.

His advice is to keep your thermostat at 68 degrees.

“For every degree above, you’re going to pay about 3% more on your electric bill,” Munkel said.

Other things you should do around the house to keep your air conditioning and heating working properly are changing the air filters every month, checking regularly for air leaks, and sealing them.

“If you keep your house at 68 degrees and it’s 30 degrees outside, you don’t want the air you’ve already heated inside your house to escape because you’re just going to throw it out.” money out the window or out the door, ”Munkel said.

Another tip is to use your curtains and blinds wisely. Open them when the sun is out to maximize natural heat, and close them at night when it’s dark and cold.

“Here at Pearl River Valley Electric, we have an energy efficiency expert who can talk to them, talk to them about their bill. And, they can come in and look at their energy use and be able to determine some issues that might be occurring in their home, ”Munkel said.

If you notice any drastic changes in your electric bill, you should contact your business to discuss them.

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