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Heating and Cooling1

47% of energy use
HVAC

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Walls, Windows & Doors

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Laundry

6% Energy Use

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Smart Thermostats

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Lighting

6% of energy use

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Air Sealing & Insulation

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Always-On Appliances

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Refigeration2

10% Energy Use

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Cooking4

3% of energy use

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Entertainment3

6% Energy Use

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Energy Audits

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Water Heating

21% of energy use

HVAC

Home Solar

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Where do I use energy?

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Where do I lose energy?

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Where can I find more savings?

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Did you know that the biggest factor that influences your power bill isn’t usually fees or rates – it’s how much electricity your family uses. It changes with the weather, the devices you use, and how you use them. Understanding your home’s energy use can reveal ways to save on your electricity bills. Central Electric understands that every dollar counts, and we’re here to help you keep your bill low without compromising your family’s comfort.

It’s important to understand what kind of energy powers your home’s appliances – like HVAC, water heater, clothes dryer and oven. The advice here is designed to help you save on energy costs regardless of fuel source, but if you use electricity to power these devices, changing your behaviors can result in a lower electricity bill.

For more tips on using energy efficiently in your home, visit CEMCpower.com.

Where do I use energy?

Heating and Cooling – 47% of energy use

In NC, we experience the beauty of all four seasons. When it’s hot or cold, your heating and cooling systems have to work harder to keep you comfortable. And since your HVAC* is the biggest energy consumer in your house, the outside temperature can really affect your energy costs.

 

Water heating – 21% of energy use

Your water heater works hard to provide hot water for showers and chores throughout the day. And that hot water takes a lot of energy – maybe more than you think! Conserving hot water with low flow shower heads and cold wash cycles can help.

 

Refrigeration – 10% of energy use

About 1 out of every $10 on your power bill goes toward keeping it cool in your fridge and freezer to preserve food freshness. Multiple refrigerators, large freezers, and badly sealed doors can drive this cost up – as can older, inefficient appliances.

 

Lighting – 6% of energy use

Whether it’s a good book under a lamp or string lights on the patio with family, lighting uses electricity. But maybe not as much as you think – especially if you use efficient bulbs and fixtures!

 

Laundry – 6% of energy use

North Carolina is known for unpredictable weather, but that doesn’t stop us from going outside! That can mean a lot of messy laundry – and a lot of hard work for your washer and dryer.

 

Entertainment – 6% of energy use

Everybody loves family movie night! TVs, consoles, streaming devices, surround sound – all of these can contribute to your household electricity use.

 

Cooking – 3% of energy use

The kitchen is the heart of the home. From ovens to stovetops, kitchen appliances consume energy regularly, especially during colder months when warm, hearty dishes are preferred.

 

Where do I lose energy?

Walls, Windows & Doors

With HVAC being the biggest contributor to your bill, a drafty opening or a leaky door can mean money flying out the window! But remember that it can take a while for big investments with small results, like all-new windows, to pay off.

 

Air Sealing & Insulation

Good insulation is like a warm blanket for your house, but if it’s old or worn thin, you might be heating the great outdoors. The same goes for summertime – keeping the nicely conditioned air inside your home is always a great plan for savings.

 

Always-On Appliances

Whether it’s a spinning ceiling fan in an empty room or a game console on standby, appliances can use electricity even when we aren’t using them. Turn off items you aren’t using and consider a smart power strip or a more efficient appliance to save without sacrifice.

Where can I find more savings?

Smart Thermostats

Smart home devices, like thermostats and lighting, can optimize your home’s energy use by automatically adjusting to match your family’s habits. This can reduce energy use and lower your power costs over time.

 

Home Solar

Whether you’re just getting started or have thoroughly researched solar energy, be sure to connect with your local co-op. Unfortunately, there is misleading information available about residential solar, but your co-op is here to help you to arrive at a decision right for your home and personal goals.

 

Energy Audits

Work with your electric cooperative to evaluate your home’s energy usage and identify where improvements can be made. By finding inefficiencies like air leaks, outdated appliances, or inadequate insulation, energy audits can lead to savings in the long run.

 

Tax Credits & Rebates

These incentives can help you save big on upgrades and replacements around your home, and can mean a lower power bill in the long run. Explore what might be available to you, including HVAC, water heaters, windows and more.

 

For more tips on using energy efficiently in your home, visit CEMCpower.com.

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS)

* HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning. This refers to the use of various technologies to control the temperature, humidity, and purity of the air in an enclosed space.

  1. Includes space heating, air conditioning, and evaporators for heating/cooling.
  2. Includes all refrigerators and separate freezers.
  3. Includes TVs and peripherals such as cable and satellite boxes, DVRs, Internet streaming devices, video game consoles, DVD or Blu-ray players, VCRs, and home theater or audio systems.
  4. Cooking includes ranges (units with both a cooktop and an oven), separate cooktops, and separate ovens. Microwaves, small kitchen appliances, and outdoor cooking are excluded.