October is National Energy Awarenes Month - NEC Coop
Oct 16, 2020 — News
While everyone is excited for all things fall, here at NEC Co-op Energy, we are welcoming October for another reason. In 1991, President George Bush proclaimed October as the National Energy Awareness Month. Initially, it was established to focus on how the federal government was working to encourage the nation’s agencies to promote conservation efforts. Up until this day, the Federal Energy Management Program continues to encourage organizations and ramp up efforts to raise awareness of the importance of managing the nation’s energy resources sustainably and meet energy efficiency requirements.
NEC Co-op Energy is doing the same for our members. October is National Energy Awareness Month, and we’d like to share some insights on simple ways to reduce the amount of energy we consume, with the hopes that you can make everyday count during National Energy Awareness Month!
1. Understand how much energy you consume
It’s wise to check your energy bill to identify your household’s energy consumption every month. Understandably, it’s going to vary depending on the season – and this is normal. Try to compare this year and last year’s energy consumption to determine if you are using more or less energy. Your utility provider may also provide you with tools to give you an insight into the average energy use in your area vs. how your usage compares.
2. Identify your energy rates
Your utility expenses aren’t all about how much energy you consume. The per therm for gas and the rate you pay per kilowatt-hour for electricity are also huge factors. It’s good to check your bill for the current rate, but it is equally essential to be aware of the factors that affect the cost so you can get a better idea of whether the rates for electricity are rising or falling. For example, are you aware that approximately 35 percent of electricity is generated by natural gas? The price of natural gas will affect electricity rates.
3. Identify your Public Utilities Commission
Each U.S. state has a Public Utilities Commission (PUC) that regulates their energy. It makes decisions about electricity delivery, rates, safety protocols, and a lot more. Be in the know by checking out your PUC’s website or subscribe to their email newsletter to stay informed.
4. Compare Energy Suppliers
The company that supplies your gas or electricity doesn’t really affect how much energy you consume, but it does have an impact as to where you get your electricity and how your plan is managed. There are some companies that offer energy plans that are powered partially or fully by renewable sources. Understanding the options that are available to you will give you more control over your energy use.
5. Identify what appliance uses the most energy in your home
How much energy does your dryer use? Do you have devices that use energy even when they are turned off? Take advantage of Energy.Gov’s appliance energy calculator. It will give you an idea of how much energy your home appliance uses, but note that you will only be provided with an estimate. It will not factor in things like the age of your appliance.
We also encourage you to have a family energy discussion. Energy conservation is a group effort, and each family member has to do their part to see the biggest savings. Gather your family members and have a discussion about your current energy use. Make a list of ways you can work together to reduce it.
At NEC Co-op, your Texas electricity company, we hope to inspire everyone to make the season a good one by becoming more energy-conscious. Happy National Energy Awareness Month!
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