Money Saving Tips

Money Saving Tips

Simple and inexpensive actions to help you save energy and money during the winter months.

Follow these tips to cut back on your energy use and cost.

Fix Leaks

Did you know about 50% of your electric bill goes to heating or cooling the air inside your home?
Make the most of your investment in comfort by keeping that conditioned air inside.  

Diagram of a door showing where weather stripping and threshold sealing may need to be added or replaced.

#1Add weather stripping to areas where air leaks occur. 

#2Check the bottoms of doors to make sure thresholds are sealing when closed, if not, replace them.

#3Install foam gaskets behind electric outlets and switch plate covers on exterior walls. 

#4Caulk and seal air leaks where plumbing, ducts, or electrical wiring comes through walls, floors, ceilings, and soffits over cabinets.

#5Use foam sealant on larger gaps around windows, baseboards, and other places where air may leak out.

#6Add weather stripping and insulation to attic access doors.

The average home has air leakage equal to a two-square foot hole. That's like leaving a medium-sized window open 24-hours a day.

Temperature Control 

Did you know controlling your thermostat automatically or remotely with your smart phone could lower your heating and cooling bill?  Set it to adjust the temperature inside just before you arrive back home.

Illustration of a theromstat

#7For maximum savings, we recommend setting your thermostat to 68° in the winter.

#8A programmable thermostat can save as much as 10% a year in energy costs. *Heat pumps must use compatible thermostats. Members can save on smart thermostats with an instant rebate from Jackson EMC Marketplace.

Maintain Your HVAC
(air conditioner/ heat pump) 

Illustration of an outdoor air conditioning unit to represent an HVAC system

#9Check air filters each month. Replace them when they are dirty. Clean filters save 5-15% on your utility bill. 

#10HVAC technicians recommend semi-annual check-ups each spring and fall to ensure your system is operating at peak performance, and not costing you more money. Look at our participating contractor network to find an expert in your area    

Ceiling fan diagram showing arrows to represent setting the fan direction to clockwise during winter.

#11Jackson EMC has rebates for members who need to replace their heat pump. Learn more at

#12Run fans clockwise on low in winter to circulate warm air.

#13Use the fireplace sparingly. It draws the home’s heated air up the chimney. Make sure the damper is closed when not in use.

Don’t Overheat Your Water

#14Set the thermostat to 120°-130°.  (Be sure to turn off the breaker for the water heater before adjusting the temperature.)

Drawing of a water and thermometer to represent hot water

#15Jackson EMC has rebates for members who need to replace their water heaters with new electric high efficiency models. Learn more at

Don’t Waste Hot Water

Did you know water heating accounts for up to 18% of the energy consumed in your home?

#16Check for water leaks. A faucet dripping hot water can add up over a period of time.

#17Replace old shower heads with new low flow devices

#18Wash clothes in cold water, or use warm water with a cold rinse cycle.

#19Run full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher.  

#20When you take a shower, use the bathroom fan to remove heat and humidity from your home.

#21Upgrade your washing machine. New washers use less than half the water of those made 20 years ago. 

Personal Home Energy Evaluation

Up to $1,000 in Rebates. See All disclaimers on the rebates page.

#22For a thorough and accurate measurement of air leakage in your home, call 770-822-3211 to schedule a Personal Home Energy Evaluation. A blower door test, which depressurizes a home, can reveal the location of many leaks. An energy evaluation can also determine areas in your home that need more insulation. For more information, visit  

#23Up to $1,000 in rebates are available from Jackson EMC when using the Home Energy Evaluation. *Not available if you do not have this audit conducted by Jackson EMC and Home Diagnostic Solutions.

Learn how your home uses electricity

A diagram showing current energy use

Did you know you can learn more about your home’s energy use with the Home Energy Monitor?

#24Using your account information this interactive program will provide personalized advice on how to save energy. Learn more at   

Switch out light bulbs 

Did you know replacing outdated light bulbs with new CFL or LED bulbs will save energy? 

Illustration of CFL and LED Bulbs

#25Install outdoor solar lights.

#26Switching from incandescent to CFL or LED bulbs can typically save up to $300 a year. Save $7 a year per CFL or $8 a year per LED in energy savings. Check out our lighting calculator.

#27More is not better. One 15-watt fluorescent bulb puts out roughly the same light as two 60-watt incandescent bulbs, but uses 20% less energy. 

Eliminate Energy Vampires

Did you know electronic equipment can use energy even when you are not using them? 

Illustration of a Power Outlet

#25Vampire power is the electricity consumed by appliances plugged in when they’re switched off or in standby mode, but still plugged in. This can be up to 10% of the total electronics energy use in your home. Unplug devices not used frequently or use a power strip to turn off multiple devices at once.  

#29Utilizing the sleep function on your computer, rather than a screen saver, when you will be away for more than two hours has the potential to save up to $42.75 a year. This move cuts down the energy consumption and costs down to about $7.25 a year.

Save Energy, eliminate safety hazards 

Did you know there can be serious safety hazards around your home?

#30Check your dryer vent to be sure it is not blocked. This will save energy and may prevent a fire.

Cut back Energy use in the Kitchen

Did you know that cooking accounts for 4.5% of total energy use in U.S. homes?  And that figure doesn't include the energy associated with refrigeration, hot water heating, and dishwashing. Added together, that means that as much as 15% of the energy in the average American home is used in the kitchen.

The proper appliances, cookware and preparation can save time and energy in the kitchen.

#31Every time the door opens, the temperature in the oven drops by as much as 25 degrees, forcing it to work harder and (use more electricity) to get back to the proper cooking temperature. Check on a dish through the oven window instead.

Illustration of a microwave

#32Don't forget your slow cooker or your toaster oven, or warming plate. Putting small appliances to work more often can mean significant energy savings. For example, the average toaster oven can use up to half the energy of the average electric stove over the                 same cooking time. 

#33Microwaves are good for more than popcorn. Use this energy saver to steam veggies, heat soups and even cook casseroles. 

#34When cooking on the stove top, using the right size pan matters. Placing a 6" pan on an 8" electric burner wastes more than 40% of the heat produced by the burner. Also consider covering your pans as you cook. It makes the food cook faster and keeps the kitchen cooler.

Illustration of a Refrigerator

#35If possible, prepare double portions of your meal and cook them together. Freeze the extra for later. It takes a lot less energy to reheat food than to cook it twice. Using a microwave can use as much as 80% less energy when reheating than a standard oven.

#36If your refrigerator is pushed against the wall, pulling it forward one inch can reduce energy usage by as much as 40%. 

#37Unplugging the extra refrigerator or freezer at your home can save hundreds of dollars in just a few years. If that appliance is in a room with an uncontrolled temperature (garage or carport) you’re paying even more because the temperature outside is causing that appliance to work even harder. 

DIY Energy Projects 

Videos and Step-by-Step Instructions help you tackle projects. 

#38We’ll show you how to complete many of these tasks with step-by-step videos at

Illustration of a caulk gun, a video screen, and a checklist to represent DIY Videos