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Save Energy This Summer

  1. Set the thermostat between 76 and 78 degrees when you are home. Use a fan to circulate air and help you feel cooler.
  2. Close curtains & blinds on the sunny side of your home to block out heat. Open them on the shady side for a free light source.
  3. Keep your outside air conditioning unit free of debris and grass clippings. 
  4. Avoid using appliances that create heat and humidity, such as the oven, dishwasher and clothes dryer during the hottest part of the day. Summer is a perfect time to grill out and line dry clothes.
  5. Turn down your water heater to 120 degrees and take cooler showers.

Energy Saving & Bill Pay Tools

Why Is My Bill Higher?

Customers typically see an increase in their energy usage with their July and August bills. There are several factors that contribute to higher bills in the summer. 

 

Warmer Weather

Weather is the number one cause for increases in your bill since cooling costs account for 40-50 percent of your total bill amount. Extreme outside temperatures make your cooling system run longer and use more electricity.

 

Higher Rates

TVA's seasonal rate structure is adjusted four times a year. The rate is higher in the summer (June-September) and winter (December-March) and lower during transitional months (April-May & October-November).

 

Length of Billing Cycle

The date we read your meter varies slightly month-to-month due to weekends and holidays, so the number of days included in your monthly bill can vary between 28 and 34. Even if you use the same amount of energy per day, your bill may be higher if there were more days than average in the billing cycle.

 

Summer Vacation

Summer can mean children are home more than usual, more meals are served at home and company comes to visit, all of which contribute to increased energy usage.