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Save on your summer electric bill with these energy-savings tips

 

With little effort and a few dollars, you can conserve energy this summer, saving dollars on your utility bill. It may surprise you to see how much you can reduce your energy consumption and costs by following a few simple tips:
 
-Check and clean A/C filters. Cleaning or replacing air conditioning filters monthly allows your system to run more efficiently. Dirty filters restrict airflow and can cause you system to run longer and increase you energy use.
 
-Use ceiling fans. Most ceiling fans have a switch to change the fan direction. Make sure your ceiling fans are blowing downward in the summer to send air across your body.
 
-Run appliances with large energy use late in the evening and only run with full loads. Appliances like dishwashers and clothes washers/dryers produce heat in your home, causing your air conditioner to work harder.
 
-Place heat producing appliances such as lamps and televisions away from the thermostat to prevent inaccurate temperature readings.
 
-Install a programmable thermostat. Set your programmable thermostat to 78 degrees while you are home. To maximize savings, set it higher when you are away during the day.
 
-Replace incandescent and halogen light bulbs with CFLs or LEDs. Not only will you save on energy costs directly by making the switch, but incandescent and halogen bulbs convert most of their energy to heat and increase your air conditioning cost.
 
-Create indoor shade. Make use of curtains and blinds to keep sunlight from turning into indoor heat.
 
-Seal your leaks. Caulk or use weather stripping to seal leaks around windows and doors. Keep the cool air in and the warm air out.
 
 
-Review your home electric information. You can view electric usage information, pay your utility bill, or report a problem through eCare on concordnc.gov. Sign up today!

For additional energy saving tips please visit the Electric Systems department page on concordnc.gov.
 
The City of Concord Electric Systems department is committed to assisting customers with controlling their electrical usage. If you have additional questions, contact the City’s Customer Care Center at 704-920-5555 to apply for a free residential walk-through energy audit.
 
The City has recently announced a new residential high-efficiency heat pump rebate program for customers of the City’s electric system. The goal is to promote the purchase and installation of higher efficiency electric heat pumps, with a minimum Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) of 14.00, as a new installation or to replace an existing, lower efficiency system. For more information or to download an application, visit concordnc.gov/Departments/Electric/Heat-Pump-Rebate.