Your Buyers Guide for Energy-Efficient Products - Carolina Country
March 2018
March 2018

One way to help lower your monthly energy bill is to use energy-efficient products in your home. However, it can be overwhelming to decide which items will make the largest impact. To choose the right products, it’s important to keep in mind how you use energy in your home as well as your overall energy-saving goals. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Heating and Cooling

Smart thermostats, such as the Nest or Ecobee, will learn your heating and cooling behavior over time and will automatically make adjustments based on your preferences.

Programmable thermostats allow you to set the temperature based on your schedule. For example, your thermostat could raise your home’s temperature while you’re away at work during the day and automatically lower the temperature before you arrive home.

Lighting

Making the switch to LED light bulbs is one of the easiest ways to increase efficiency in your home. Upgrading your bulbs has become less expensive over the last few years and we can help make it even more affordable. We offer a $1 rebate per LED bulb purchased—up to $15 per year per member.

Appliances and Electronics

When shopping for new appliances and electronics, you should look for ENERGY STAR® certified products. The blue ENERGY STAR label on a product indicates it has met strict energy efficiency criteria established by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Investing in an ENERGY STAR certified dishwasher could save you as much as $35 each year. Similarly, ENERGY STAR certified TVs are on average 25 percent more efficient than traditional models.

For help on deciding which products are right for your home and information about our time-of-day rates, rebates and loans, request a free home energy audit conducted by one of our energy specialists by calling 800.222.3107.

To learn more about how upgrading the products in your home can affect your bill, visit pemc.coop/tools to use our energy efficiency calculators.

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