Save Energy This Winter

  1. Turn the thermostat down to 68 degrees or lower and bundle up with a cozy sweater and warm socks.
  2. Look into easy solutions like weather-stripping and caulking to prevent cold air from entering your home.
  3. Close curtains & blinds at night to protect against cold drafts. Open them during the day to let in the sun's warmth.
  4. Clean or replace your furnace filter regularly. A dirty filter will slow air flow and make your system work harder.
  5. Keep the garage door closed as much as possible to help buffer cold outdoor air from trickling into your home.

Energy Saving & Bill Pay Tools

Why Is My Bill Higher?

Customers typically see an increase in their energy usage with their December and January bills. There are several factors that contribute to higher bills in the winter.

Colder Weather
Weather is the number one cause for increases in your bill since heating costs account for 40-50 percent of your total bill amount. Extreme outside temperatures make your heating system run longer and use more electricity.

Higher Rates
TVA's seasonal rate structure is adjusted four times a year. The rate is higher in the summer (June-September) and winter (December-March) and lower during transitional months (April-May & October-November).

Length of Billing Cycle
The date we read your meter varies slightly month-to-month due to weekends and holidays, so the number of days included in your monthly bill can vary between 28 and 34. Even if you use the same amount of energy per day, your bill may be higher if there were more days than average in the billing cycle.

Holiday Expenses
Additional energy usage during the months of November and December can come from holiday cooking, extra company, spending more time at home, putting up Christmas lights, etc.