NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Colder weather means the potential for higher utility bills, but there are several ways you can save money.
Nashville Electric Service officials say 68 degrees is the suggested temperature if you want to keep costs down. That may seem way too cold, but it could save you a lot of money on your utility bill.
A simple way to save and be warm is to put on a sweater and warm fuzzy socks while you’re hanging out at the house. Something else that could save you money is sealing up any leaks and preventing drafts with caulk or weather stripping.
Using cold water instead of hot while washing clothes is another way to save and remembering to change and clean your filters.
NES Vice President of Customer Service Sylvia Smith says it’s typical for your bill to rise during the winter, but other customers see them rise more in the summer.
“It depends on the individual customers. It depends on what type of heating system you have versus what type of air conditioner unit you have, so it really depends on our customers and the type of equipment they have,” Smith said.
If you have an older hot water tank, wrapping it with an insulation blanket is a great way to reduce water heating costs. Also, if you have a garage, keep it closed as much as possible.
Earlier this month, NES announced that it won't disconnect service if you can't pay for the rest of this month. The utility is also waiving reconnection fees through February.