Any number of factors can affect your electric usage each month.Was it colder or hotter than normal? Did you finally buy that new entertainment center you've been saving up for? Was it time for a visit from your mother-in-law? Let's take a detailed look at the main factors that can impact your electrical usage.
There is a direct relationship between the number of people living in a home and the amount of energy that is used. That's especially true if you have teenagers at home. In addition, if friends and relatives are visiting, you can expect to use more energy for cooking, baking, laundry and hot water.
Heating and cooling your home accounts for 50 percent of your electric usage. However, there are several factors that can affect how much electricity you need to comfortably heat or cool your home, including:
We have a host of time and laborsaving appliances to help us do our work. These appliances work around the clock whenever we need them.
The number of electric appliances you have, as well as how often you use them, will affect your bill.
For example, do you:
In the average American home today, about 25 percent of the energy used is for water heating. How much and how often you use hot water affects how much electricity you need.
To use hot water most efficiently, try some of these ideas:T
The standard incandescent bulbs currently lighting your home have changed very little from Thomas Edison's first light bulb in 1879. Only 10 percent of the energy used by these standard bulbs contribute to light; the other 90 percent is wasted as heat. And what about halogen lights? The typical halogen bulb burns 1,000 degrees F. These old-fashioned light bulbs waste energy and can potentially cause burns or other hazards.
A new generation of compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) is now available, offering long-life, energy savings, color and brightness. CFLs can provide the same high-quality light as incandescent bulbs, but generally operate at temperatures of less than 100 degrees F.
Check into the use of CFL lighting in your home. Advanced technology enables CFLs to use 75 percent less energy, and last 10 times longer than a standard incandescent bulb.
Your meter is a highly accurate tool thatcan give you the most precise picture of your electric usage.AMR (automated meter reading) technology gives Mor-Gran-Sou the ability to read your meter right from the office. Readings arerecorded hourly, daily and monthly. The data is collected and stored by the AMR system. Ausage report can be generatedfor any electric account. If you are interested in a printout of theusage at your electric account, please feel free to call Jackie at the office, telephone number 597-3301 or 1-800-750-8212.
As you can see, electricity touches nearly every part of our lives. The good news is that you control your electric usage.
The even better news is that your local electric cooperative is willing and ready to do whatever it takes to help you make your home, farm, school or business as energy efficient as possible.
Ask the energy experts at your local electric cooperative what else they can do to help you get the most from your energy dollar.