Middle Tennessee Electric provides members energy-saving tips as frigid weather approaches

For Immediate Release – February 9, 2021

As colder temperatures settle in this weekend, Middle Tennessee Electric (MTE) offers some simple energy-efficiency tips to help members manage their energy costs.

  1. Set your heating system’s thermostat to 68°.  You can add 3% to your heating costs for each degree above 68°. 
  2. Lower your water heater temperature to 120°F and reduce hot water use by taking shorter showers and using cold water for laundry whenever possible.
  3. Turn off lights, televisions, and computers when not in use.
  4. Seal leaks around windows and doors.  You can also use cardboard, plastic, or blankets to minimize heat loss. 
  5. Leave drapes or blinds open during sunny winter days to allow the sun’s rays to warm the house, but close them at night to help insulate your home.
  6. Clean refrigerator coils and set the temperature to 36° to 39°F and the freezer to 0° to 5°F.
  7. When your fireplace isn’t in use, make sure to keep the damper closed. Leaving it open allows cold air to flow into your home, almost as if you had a window open. Just remember to open it before lighting your next fire.
  8. Rotate the direction of your ceiling fans so that the blades rotate clockwise during the winter. This pulls cold air up and helps push warm air back down to you, as warm air naturally rises to the ceiling. The fan should run at the lowest speed.
  9. Replace filters and keep your heating and air conditioning equipment clean and well maintained.  A dirty filter will slow down air flow and make the system work harder to keep you warm. 
  10. Air-dry dishes instead of using the dishwasher’s heat drying options. 

To save more energy and money, MTE has a team of energy efficiency experts ready to help members manage their electric use.  Go to mtemc.com for more information about our energy services programs or contact 877-777-9020 to speak to your trusted energy advisor.  

About Middle Tennessee Electric (MTE)

Founded in 1936, MTE is the largest electric cooperative in the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) region and the second largest in the United States, serving more than 750,000 Tennesseans via 320,000+ accounts covering nearly 2,200 square miles in 11 Middle Tennessee counties, primarily Rutherford, Cannon, Williamson and Wilson. Municipalities served include Murfreesboro, Franklin, Brentwood, Smyrna, La Vergne, Lebanon and Mt. Juliet. MTE employs 520 people in seven local offices and its Murfreesboro corporate headquarters.

MTE’s subsidiary, United Communications, is a nationally recognized broadband company with a fiber network spanning more than 1,200 route miles providing high-speed internet and other services to portions of Williamson, Rutherford, Marshall, Bedford, Franklin and Davidson counties. 

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