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Free seminar helps take chill out of winter electric bills

Winter's comingCold winter temps don’t have to mean high electric bills. Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative is offering a free energy seminar Thursday, September 21, 5:30 to 7 p.m., to help co-op members boost energy efficiency, heating and comfort in their homes.

“Lowering your electricity use through conservation and energy efficiency will help lower your winter electric bill,” said Todd Schulte, Polk-Burnett’s member services manager.

Seminar participants will learn tips and techniques to improve energy efficiency and lower home energy costs.

“We’re very excited to demonstrate our SmartHub app that helps people track their home’s electricity use from computers, smart phones and tablets,” said Schulte. “SmartHub can help you take control of the energy you use and the money you pay for electricity.”

Seminar participants will also learn about co-op rebate programs on Energy Star appliances and lighting, home performance testing, geothermal heating and cooling systems, and other rebate programs available from the cooperative.

Last year, Polk-Burnett gave out $106,090 in energy-efficiency rebates, and helped members save 818,093 kWhs of electricity. Learn how you can get a co-op rebate in 2017 at Polk-Burnett’s energy seminar September 21. All in attendance will receive a Low-Cost, No-Cost Home Energy Savers booklet and an energy-efficient LED bulb.

Polk-Burnett’s free energy seminar on lowering winter electric bills will be held at the co-op office in Centuria, 1001 State Road 35, on Thursday, September 21, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Space is limited. To register, call 800-421-0283, ext. 595.

Winter energy savers from Polk-Burnett
Follow these tips to keep warm this winter and cut the chill out of your electric bill:

1. Lower thermostat when you go to bed or leave the house.

2. Open shades and curtains during the day to let sunshine and solar heat in. Close shades and curtains at night to keep the day’s heat inside.

3. Check your home’s weather stripping for air leaks around doors, windows, baseboards and wherever pipes and vents enter the house. Make sure the warm air you pay for doesn’t escape.

4. Clean furnace filter monthly and replace every three months to keep heating system at peak performance.

5. Turn off lights, appliances and electronics when not in use.

6. Better yet, unplug appliances and electronics that use energy even when they are turned off! Energy phantoms include microwaves, coffee makers, TVs, computers, printers, game consoles and chargers for cell phones, tablets and laptops. Any device with an indicator light or clock draws power as long as it’s plugged in.  



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