KUB shares tips to save energy to lower power bill

KUB shares tips to save energy to lower power bill

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Knoxville Utilities Board workers say there are many little things in our home draining energy and just little changes can make a big difference in saving energy. Knoxville Utilities Board workers say there are many little things in our home draining energy and just little changes can make a big difference in saving energy.
Jessica Comer has lived in her West Knoxville home for two years. She tries to save energy. but does notice quite an increase in her KUB bill in the summer months. Jessica Comer has lived in her West Knoxville home for two years. She tries to save energy. but does notice quite an increase in her KUB bill in the summer months.
KUB Utilities Service Advisor Harley Bryant walked through her home and found several places she could make changes to save power and help cool her home without cranking up the A/C. KUB Utilities Service Advisor Harley Bryant walked through her home and found several places she could make changes to save power and help cool her home without cranking up the A/C.
Bryant says the ideal temperature to keep your home over the summer is 78 degrees. Every degree warmer will decrease your bill by one percent. Bryant says the ideal temperature to keep your home over the summer is 78 degrees. Every degree warmer will decrease your bill by one percent.
By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - With the summertime temperatures here, many of us are cranking up the air conditioner to stay cool, which means a more expensive power bill. 

However, Knoxville Utilities Board workers say there are many little things in our home draining energy and just little changes can make a big difference in saving energy.

For example, unplugging your cell phone and iPad from the wall after they're charged, over time, can save you money on your bill.

Jessica Comer has lived in her West Knoxville home for two years. She tries to save energy. but does notice quite an increase in her KUB bill in the summer months.

“If I’m cooking or I have a lot of people over at my house, I definitely have the tendency to turn it down and I can definitely see that reflected in my bill,” said Comer.

Comer had a representative from KUB come by and check her power usage in an effort to help her figure out how to save energy and reduce her electric bill. 

KUB Utilities Service Advisor Harley Bryant walked through her home and found several places she could make changes to save power and help cool her home without cranking up the A/C.

“Make sure you have window coverings on especially westward and southward facing windows,” said Bryant.

Bryant says the ideal temperature to keep your home over the summer is 78 degrees. Every degree warmer will decrease your bill by one percent.

“If you can bump it up to 80 degrees you're going to save about 2 percent on average over what you typically would be paying,” said Bryant.

Bryant says to use the fan or hood vent when cooking to help keep the house cool. He also says to unplug appliances that are not in use like TVs, hair driers and coffee makers.

“Small amounts of electricity are used when you have appliances plugged in,” said Bryant.

Comer says she plans to make the recommended changes.

“It's always nice to save money and if you can do little things to save money it's even better,” said Comer.

KUB also recommends changing the air filter every 30 days. They say to use the utility bill as a reminder.

If you would like an energy audit at your home contact your local utility provider.

KUB residential customers can schedule an In-Home Energy Evaluation by a Certified TVA Energy Advisor. The fee is currently $50, which is refunded if you make at least $150 in qualifying improvements, and you can get up to $500 back on the cost of those improvements. 

If you qualify, you can also pay for the IHEE improvements with on-bill financing.

IHEE Application Process:

Call the IHEE toll-free number: 1-866-441-1430. After you answer a few qualifying questions from a call center representative, you can set up an appointment with a TVA Certified Energy Advisor for an evaluation.

More online: TVA EnergyRight ® Solutions Energy Audits

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