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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.

Financial Incentives for Builders Complying with Current Energy Codes

This past spring, municipalities across Pennsylvania began the enforcement of a new energy code. View a short video on how FirstEnergy’s Pennsylvania utilities can help homebuilders meet new energy efficiency rules:

All homes with contracts signed or permit applications submitted on or after October 1, 2018, are subject to the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) — with amendments.

Builders whose projects qualify for the Pennsylvania Energy Efficient New Homes Program, offered by FirstEnergy’s Pennsylvania utilities (Met-Ed, Penelec, Penn Power and West Penn Power), are already well on their way to constructing homes that conform with the 2015 IECC requirements.

Participating builders can receive hundreds of dollars or more in financial incentives. For multifamily projects, builders can earn thousands of dollars per building with rebates issued on a per-unit basis.

The code mandates blower door testing, sets a maximum air leakage rate of 5.0 ACH50, reduces allowable duct leakage by two thirds, requires 75 percent installation of high-efficiency lighting (such as CFLs, LEDs, or T-8 linear fluorescents), and increases the insulation minimum levels for wall and attic spaces.

Builders are encouraged to contact the Pennsylvania Energy Efficient New Homes Program for technical assistance on code requirements and to understand the financial incentives available for their upcoming projects.

Contact Program Manager Zach Ambrose at 412-715-2297 or

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