Save Money & Energy

DIY Workshops

Come learn cost-effective ways to make your home more energy efficient and to help lower your electric bill! This workshop takes place on Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 9am-11am in the CDE Lightband Community Room located at 2021 Wilma Rudolph Blvd. Clarksville, TN 37040.


eScore Program

eScore™ is an exciting new Program developed through a partnership between Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and your Local Power Company. eScore provides homeowners with a simple way to make existing homes as energy-efficient as possible.

There are two ways for customers to access the program once you have registered.

  1. Find a TVA Quality Contractor Network (QCN) Member: Get started right away! Simply select a QCN member from our list and begin making your energy efficiency improvements. The list is available for viewing after you create your account. If you’ve already had work performed by a QCN member, select this path and provide the QCN with your Customer Site ID.
  2. Request an eScore Evaluation: Don’t know exactly how to make your home more energy efficient? Have an evaluation performed on your home for a fee. Our professional energy advisors will give you a list of recommended improvements. Then, select a contractor off our list to make your energy improvements.

eScore provides homeowners a simple way to make their existing homes as energy efficient as possible. The program offers financing and incentives for items such as new heating & cooling systems, windows and insulation. Learn more at or by calling (931) 553-7400.


Online Home Energy Audit

See where your energy dollars are going right from your computer screen. With eScore’s FREE online energy e-Valuation, you can save energy and money by simply answering a few questions about your home and your lifestyle. Click HERE to start.




The Power to Know

How is my bill calculated?

  • Kwh x current rate + fixed customer charge ($23.40) = monthly electric charge
  • Electric rate varies monthly.  Click here to see the current rate.
  • Billing cycles are usually between 29 and 32 days.
  • Subtracting your previous reading from your current reading will tell you how many kilowatt hours you’ve used.

Weather is the main reason for usage changes

  • Temperature is the number one factor affecting energy use in our region.
  • Though your thermostat settings may not change, outside temperatures will. This is what affects engery usage of your heating and cooling systems.
  • Example:  If it is 25 degrees outside and you have your thermostat set to 75, that is a 50 degree difference.  It is this difference in temperature that needs to be considered.


Energy Conservation Tips


Heating & Cooling Equipment

  • Set your thermostat to (65°-68°) in the winter and (75°-78°) in the summer.
  • Change or clean air filters monthly.
  • Have unit(s) serviced seasonally by a professional.
  • Check for leaky duct work.
  • Consider replacing units over 15 years old.
  • Invest in a programmable thermostat. Contact CDE Lightband for programming instructions.
  • Make sure your thermostat is not located near lamps or electronic appliances which put off heat and can make your air conditioner run longer.
  • Make sure your thermostat is not located near doors that could allow cold air to trigger your heating system.
  • Use a ceiling fan to circulate air.


What to look for when purchasing

  • SEER rating (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio):
    • SEER of 14 is considered minimal efficiency
    • Anything over SEER 18 is considered premium efficiency
    • Users should experience lower operating costs when SEER rating is higher


Air Sealing

  • Check for air leaks around doors and windows. Use caulk and weather stripping to weatherize these areas.
  • Major leaks can also be found under bathroom floors, around tub drains and anywhere that pipes and duct work penetrate the exterior of the home. Foam sealants can be used to weatherize many of these areas.
  • Check for open fireplace damper.
  • Seal attic access doors.



  • Attic (ceiling) insulation is the most important. R-38 to R-60 is recommended.
  • Check behind knee walls in bonus rooms.
  • Check for floor or crawl space wall insulation.
  • Make sure there is plastic ground cover down in crawl space.


Appliance & Lighting

  • When replacing major appliances (refrigerators, washers, dryers, dishwashers, and stove, select ENERGY STAR® models.
  • Plan what you need inside the refrigerator before you open the door.
  • Set your fridge to 40 degrees.
  • Let food cool before putting it in the refrigerator. Hot foods will raise the temperature in the fridge and make it work harder.
  • Consider cooking outside on a grill during summer months. Using an oven makes your home hotter.
  • Wash full loads of clothes and use cold water when possible.
  • Don’t run the dishwasher unless it’s completely full.



  • Replace standard incandescent light bulbs with LED.  They have a longer lifespan and cost less to operate.
  • Keep light fixtures and bulbs clean. Dust absorbs 50 percent of light.
  • Turn off any unused lights.


Around the House

  • In the summer, close curtains and blinds on the sunny side of your home to block out the heat. In the winter, take advantage of the sun’s warmth and open drapes in south facing windows.
  • Seal up leaks by weather stripping doors and caulking windows.
  • Install foam insulators behind outlet covers on exterior walls.
  • Close the fireplace damper when you aren’t using it.
  • If your water heater is in an unheated space, wrap it in an insulation blanket to prevent it from losing heat.
  • Turn the water heater off if you are going to be gone more than three days.
  • Use less hot water by installing low flow showerheads.
  • Repair leaky faucets. A drip can waste up to 48 gallons of water in one week.


Energy Guide Label

Shows the type of appliance, the size, make and model, model’s annual energy consumption or energy efficient rating, the scale range or its annual energy consumption or efficiency rating for models similar in size and type, and the estimated yearly operating cost.

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