MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- With the midstate facing bitterly cold temperatures again, Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation officials are reminding members to take precautions to keep their homes warm while minimizing the impact on their electric bills.
“When the cold weather hits, it’s easy to raise the thermostat, but doing that also raises your electric bill,” said Josh Clendenen, communications coordinator for MTEMC. “There are a number of things you can do that can reduce your energy usage both now when the cold weather is here as well as in the future.”
In order to keep the heat in and the cold out, officials are offering these tips:
For homeowners whose house has southern-facing windows, open the curtains or blinds during the day to allow sunlight to naturally warm it and close them in the evenings.
Keep doors and windows closed as much as possible.
Use a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet on a frame or tape the plastic to the inside of window frames during the cold times. Make sure the plastic is sealed as tight as possible to help reduce the chance of cold seeping in.
If possible, add a bead of caulk to windows and weather stripping to doors to help seal any potential leaks.
For those who have a fireplace, ensure the damper is closed unless there is a fire burning.
And lower the water-heater temperature to 120 degrees.