NCEMPA Wholesale Rate Increase

The NCEMPA wholesale rate increased by 4 percent on February 1. Many NCEMPA Participants increased their retail rates in response to the wholesale rate increase.

This increase means an increased electric bill of approximately $4 for theaverage household. Use the energy tips below to save electricity and remember,making small changes to the way your family uses electricity can mean savings onyour electric bill!

  • Refrain from using electric space heaters, as they can significantly increase your electric bill.
  • Weatherize your home by sealing duct work – the number one way to conserve energy. Make sure that all ductwork is sealed at joints and intersections with foil-backed tape, mastic or silicone caulk.
  • Seal off fireplaces, and never use a fireplace as a heat source for your home. Even as a supplemental heat source, the cold air introduced to a warm home through an open flue isn’t as efficient as sealing off a fireplace and using the primary source of heat.
  • If you have a fossil fuel furnace, lower the thermostat at night or when away from home for several hours. If you have a heat pump, set it at the lowest comfortable setting and leave it there.
  • Lower water heater to 120 degrees.
  • Change furnace filters every month.
  • Seal doors and windows with caulking or weather-stripping
  • Close draperies at night or if sitting close to a window.
  • Insulate the first three- to six-feet of cold and hot water pipes near the water heater.
  • Add an insulation blanket to your water heater.
  • Check your attic’s insulation. Add more, if needed

For more information on energy efficiency and to test your home’s energy efficiency, visit Energy Depot, our online energy audit tool.

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