Save Money & Energy
Come learn cost-effective ways to make your home more energy efficient and to help lower your electric bill! Our next DIY Workshop will be held Saturday, February 18 from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at the CDE Lightband office at 2021 Wilma Rudolph Blvd.
Call (931) 553-7400 or fill out the form below to sign-up.
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.
- 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.
- 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 www.2escore.com 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
FREE $10 HOME DEPOT GIFT CARD
Do you want to better understand how and where electricity is being consumed in your home? WE CAN HELP! A trained CDE Lightband specialist can provide a detailed energy profile of your home. They will provide suggestions after the evaluation, offer best practices, provide charted energy usage and other details regarding your home. This initiative has limited availability.
Call (931) 553-7400 to schedule
The Power to Know
How is my bill calculated?
- Kwh x current rate + fixed customer charge ($18.16) = monthly electric charge
- Electric rate varies monthly. The higher the demand, the higher the rate. Usually averages between $0.09 and $0.10 per kilowatt-hour (kWh).
- You meter is read around the same day every month. Usually 29 to 32 days later.
- The difference in the previous and current readings is what you are billed for.
Weather is the main reason for usage changes
- It’s simple!! The more extreme the temperature is, the more energy you will use.
- Temperature is always changing. Just because you are not making any changes in habit, does not mean your bill stays the same.
- The variable is what’s going on outside your home.
- Example: If it is 25 degrees outside, and you have your thermostat set to 75, that is a 50 degree difference!! You are asking your HVAC to maintain your home 50 degrees warmer than outside temp.
Energy Conservation Tips
Heating & Cooling Equipment
- Lower your thermostat (65°-68°) in the winter and raise it (75°-78°) in the summer.
- Change or clean air filters monthly.
- Have unit (s) serviced annually by a professional.
- Check for leaky duct work.
- If unit over 15 years old, consider replacement.
- Invest in a programmable thermostat.
- Make sure your thermostat is not located near lamps or electronic appliances which put off heat and can make your air conditioner run longer.
- Use a ceiling fan to circulate air down in the summer months.
What to look for when purchasing
- SEER rating (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio):
- SEER of 13 is considered minimal efficiency
- Anything over SEER 18 is considered premium efficiency
- Users should experience lower operating costs when SEER rating is higher
- Major leaks can be found under bathroom floors around tub drains and closets where HVAC duct penetrates into attic.
- Check for open fireplace damper.
- Caulk and/or weather strip around windows & doors.
- Seal attic access doors.
- Attic (ceiling) insulation is the most important. R-30 to R-38 is recommended (12-16 inches depending on material used).
- Check behind knee walls in bonus rooms.
- Check for floor or crawl space wall insulation.
- Make sure 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 at 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 compact fluorescent. They last 10 times as long and they cost much 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.