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How Energy Efficient Is Your Home? Use this simple formula to find out

For some members, winter heating costs can be higher than summer cooling costs. That’s because the laws of nature dictate how heat behaves on Earth. Remember, heat moves to cool.

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On a cold winter day, the heat generated by a heating source is moving through building materials, cracks around doors and windows, unsealed holes created by electrical and plumbing installations, and poorly installed and inadequate insulation. Furthermore, winter usually doles out a larger temperature difference between the indoor thermostat setting and the outdoor temperature. The greater that temperature difference, the more energy is required to maintain the desired temperature inside your home.

To be clear, not every home on Kiamichi Electric lines is an energy hog, but most every home could use some improvements here or there.

So how do you know if your home is truly energy efficient? Here’s a simple way to find out that is based on your average

To estimate your home’s energy efficiency, take your average electric bill and divide it by the square footage of your home. For example, an 1,800 square-foot home with a \$260 electric bill will cost \$0.14 per square foot. *

\$260 1,800 sq. ft = \$0.14 /sq. ft.

This home would benefit from some energy saving improvements. Calculate your home’s cost per square foot and see how it ranks on the scale to the right.

*Calculations are based on an all-electric home without a pool or hot tub.

Needs Improvement

Could Be Improved Energy Efficient

old weather in December and January means you probably used more electricity than you intended.

monthly utility usage. Simply multiply the square footage of your home by 10 cents. For instance, a 1,500-square-foot home multiplied by 10 cents (.10) equals \$150.00. A 2,000-square-foot home multiplied by 10 (.10) cents equals \$200. And so on.

Next, calculate your total electric bills for a one-year period. If you heat with natural gas or propane, be sure to add those bills into the total. Next, divide the total by 12 months to establish the monthly average.

If your monthly average exceeds the square-footage multiplied by 10 cents (.10) calculation, you could probably benefit from some energy efficiency improvements.

Contact Kiamichi Electric at 800-888-2731 to learn ways to lower your energy costs. Websites such as Touchstone Energy&#39;s togetherwesave.com are another great resource. A tip: Be sure to take the online energy-saving home tour , or click on the energy saving blog and other links for a wealth of tips and suggestions for saving energy. ■

ElectPay Puts You In Charge

Kiamichi Electric&#39;s ElectPay lets you decide how much you want to pay for electricity— and when you want to pay it. ElectPay is a great option for members on a budget, or for anyone who appreciates the option to choose

HOWITWORKS:

ElectPay members monitor their daily usage and credit balance by logging on to Kiamichi Electric&#39;s payment portal, or calling Kiamichi Electric’s toll free automated service at 800-888-2731.

When your credit balance runs low, Kiamichi Electric will alert you via email or text, whichever you prefer. You decide the low balance point based on what you&#39;re comfortable with.

Payments are accepted at any Kiamichi Electric payment location or payment kiosk, or pay by mail, telephone or online at www.kiamichielectric.org.

Because ElectPay members play more attention to their usage, they tend to use 10 to 15 percent less electricity than traditional consumers.

For more details on ElectPay, please call 800-888-2731.

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