East Tennessee agencies offer cold weather tips

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - East Tennessee rang in the new year with cold temperatures. 

Save Money

Tennessee Valley Authority asked consumers to help maintain a supply of energy. The utility service says you can save money on your next bill by lowering thermostats by 1-2 degrees during peak usage times, 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., and when going to bed. 

Also, TVA suggests taking your shower at night. 

Electric appliances (dishwashers, etc.) should be used outside of peak times. Make sure to turn off non-essential lights, appliances and other electrical equipment. 

Stay Safe

The Knoxville Police Department reminded residents to remember safety. 

When going outside, make sure your children are in warm, bright colors. Give children a time limit for playing outdoors. 

Also, remember to check on the elderly and bring pets inside. 

Do not do outdoor activities (skiing, sledding, etc.) alone. 

KPD says to not use your oven for heat and to never bring charcoal or gas grills inside. This can lead to a carbon monoxide hazard. 

Make sure electric space heaters are away from flammable materials like curtains. 

The Office of Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett says residents should never leave a fire burning in a fireplace when you are sleeping. 

Generators should not be plugged into outlets inside a home. 

Also, do not overload extension cords. 

Financial help

If you're having a hard time paying your electric bill, you may qualify for assistance, which is administered through the Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee.

There are also federally-funded programs available for low-income residents.

More online: How to apply


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