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Energy Saving Tips from Central Electric

An important topic to keep in mind during this time is managing energy usage. As families and businesses have transitioned to remote-work, they may see a surge in home energy use and in upcoming electric bills.

Therefore, it is important for families to be mindful of energy use and consider adjusting certain habits to avoid higher costs later on. The following simple, money-saving steps can help lower monthly electric bills without jeopardizing safety or comfort.

  • Program your thermostat to maximize energy savings. Setting your thermostat one degree lower when heating or one degree higher when cooling can reduce energy use by up to 5%.
  • Do full loads of laundry and wash with cold water. Using warm water instead can cut a load’s energy use in half, and using cold water saves even more.
  • Air dry dishes. This step can cut your dishwasher’s energy use by up to 50 percent.
  • Substitute LEDs for conventional light bulbs. Lighting can amount to up to 12 percent of monthly energy use. LED bulbs can cut lighting costs by 75 percent.
  • Unplug appliances and electronics when not in use. Small appliances and electronics use energy even when not in use. When powered on, game consoles, televisions, and similar electronics are responsible for up to 12 percent of energy use.
  • Let sunshine in. Whenever possible, allow the sun to light and warm your home to save energy on heating and lighting.
  • Seal air leaks. A cool windy day is a great time to locate air leaks in your home. By sealing uncontrolled air leaks, you can save 10-20 percent on your heating and cooling bills. Seal leaks with caulking or foam sealant, and use weather stripping to stop drafts around exterior doors.
  • Track your usage. Download our SmartHub app to monitor daily and hourly usage to learn more about how you use electricity in your home. 

Please stay safe and know that CEC will continue to operate and provide the highest-quality service possible for the members they serve.

Central Electric Cooperative, Inc. is a Touchstone Energy Cooperative serving approximately 25,000 members with over 3,000 miles of distribution line in portions of Allegheny, Armstrong, Butler, Clarion, Forest, Mercer, and Venango Counties.

This article was published in the Venango Chamber’s May 2020 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Central Electric Sponsors Group to Attend Youth Tour

Central Electric Cooperative (CEC) believes tomorrow’s leaders are today’s youth and is again proudly sponsoring a group of high school juniors to attend Youth Tour 2019 from June 16-21.

YouYouth Tour2th Tour is an all-expense paid, once-in-a-lifetime chance for youth to bond with fellow students, meet elected officials and experience our nation’s capital. More than 1,800 students from across America take part in the Youth Tour experience each year. This unique trip gives the opportunity to watch history come alive as they explore museums, memorials, and monuments. Some of the stops for the trip may include the Newseum, Arlington National Cemetery, Mount Vernon, Iwo Jima Sunset Parade, National Cathedral, Madame Tussauds’ Wax Museum, Smithsonian, National Zoo, a Kennedy Center production, the Holocaust Museum, and a Potomac River Boat Cruise.

Teens will meet student leaders from nearly every state and hear from dynamic speakers. They will make friendships that last a lifetime and be part of a group that has more than 50,000 alumni in every walk of life, including U.S. Senators and CEOs.

All high school juniors who reside in a home receiving electric service from CEC are eligible to apply by completing the application requirements either through their school guidance counselor or visiting All application requirements must be received at CEC before January 18. For more information about Youth Tour visit, call 800-521-0570 or visit


This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s December 2018 edition of the VenangoWorks! Newsletter.