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Fall Tips

  1. Free energy checkup
    Check out our online Energy Checkup to estimate how you are using energy in your home. It takes less than 10 minutes to complete and the comprehensive report will show you specifically where you can save energy and money.
  2. Set it and forget it
    Setting the thermostat is one of the most controversial issues in a household. It is best to set the thermostat for your air conditioner or heat pump at the highest comfortable setting - about 78 in the summer and 68 in the winter. Homeowners can expect at least a 4 percent increase in energy use for every degree you set the thermostat lower in the summer and higher in the winter. Programmable thermostats can also help save by adjusting temperatures when no one is home.
  3. Water down bills
    Water heating can account for 14 percent to 25 percent of the energy consumed in your home. Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120°F) to save energy.
  4. Window to world of savings
    Storm windows or double-paned replacement windows can greatly reduce heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer. Storm windows are relatively inexpensive, and they also help decrease the outside noise that enters your home.
  5. See the light
    LED bulbs use 86 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs. LED bulbs cost a little more, but they also last a lot longer than incandescent bulbs. Homeowners can compare usage and savings with the company's lighting savings calculator. Also, Mississippi Power's Lighting Services team can work with you to design an energy-efficient outdoor lighting plan that matches your style.
  6. Seal appeal
    Check caulk and weather stripping around your windows and doors. If the caulk is cracked or the weather-stripping is flat or peeling, replace the old material. Seal other air leakage points around wiring, plumbing attic access and fireplace flues. Use caulk for small holes and expanding foam for larger areas.
  7. Save money when you insulate
    Attic, walls and floors should be properly insulated. Mississippi Power recommends R-30 for the attic, R-19 for floors and R-13 for walls or local building codes, whichever is higher.
  8. Chill your bill
    Refrigerators and freezers should be checked for significant energy loss. Make sure they are as full as possible and that the seals are in good condition. Don't put refrigerators or freezers in unconditioned garages if possible. When buying a new appliance, look for the ENERGY STAR® label.
  9. Clean filters mean lean costs
    Changing your filters once a month during the heating and cooling season can lower your power bill. Filters with pleated filters should be changed at least every three months.