Is your bill higher than expected?
Have you received a higher monthly energy bill than you were expecting? Before requesting an energy audit, be sure to ask yourself these questions.
Has the amount of people living in my home recently increased?
Even just one extra person sharing your home can increase your energy usage and monthly bill. Check out helpful ways to save energy and money on our energy efficiency page.
Has the weather been exceptionally hot or cold lately?
Extreme temperatures can put extra strain on your heating and cooling system, which can lead to higher bills. Find helpful tips for saving energy and money on our energy efficiency page. You can also prepare for temperature changes and bill fluctuation throughout the year by signing up for Levelized Billing.
Have I recently installed a swimming pool, hot tub, or jacuzzi?
Though swimming pools and hot tubs can be a great addition for your home, their extra energy usage can quickly add up. Save energy and money by using an energy-efficient pump, using a cover when not in use and by maintaining your filter and cleaning system. Learn more about making your home energy-efficient on our energy efficiency page.
Do I have a smart thermostat?
A smart thermostat is a programmable thermostat that connects to your home’s WiFi and gives you the ability to adjust your thermostat setting to fit your schedule and save energy. Interested? Learn more about York Electric’s Smart Thermostat Program.
Is a home energy audit for you?
To help you keep the cost of power low, York Electric offers a home energy audit program. At your request, qualified York Electric personnel will visit your home and advise you on improvements that can result in energy and money savings.
This value-added service is provided at no cost to you and can be scheduled to occur at your convenience during normal business hours.
Most of the home energy audits that Brent Clinton (above, right), York Electric Cooperative's Energy Services Representative, does for members focus on "the basics," such as tight-sealing doors and windows and proper insulation. On a recent audit, however, Clinton went to check the insulation under the house and found an iced-over heat pump, which the member had not noticed. "The auxiliary heat strips were providing all of her home's heat," he notes. "That meant some pretty high bills!" Clinton advised her to call an HVAC specialist. The main problem? An unplugged defrost switch.
Energy Use FAQ
Do you have a service that would allow someone to come to a member’s home and give a review of the home and offer advice on how to make the home more efficient and show them how to reduce their bill?
The ideal setting is 78 degrees for cooling and 65 degrees for heating.
Yes, it can. You can save by using your current spotlights less, converting your current spotlights to 23 watt compact fluorescent spots, and by installing motion sensors so the lights only work when motion is detected.
The value of electricity remains very high. The national cost of electricity today, when adjusted for inflation, is less than what it was in 1980. Very few commodities have remained such a good value. Compared to other consumer products and services, electricity is a bargain.
Conserving energy is always a good idea. York Electric has a free 101 low-cost/no-cost home energy savings measures brochure. Visit one of our offices to pick up a copy or view and/or download here. Also, visit TogetherWeSave.com and take the home tour to learn what actions you can take to save on your energy bill.