Newsletter www.svalleyec.com May 2008
How can I lower my electric bill?!
Answers to some of the most frequently asked questions
O f course the most frequently asked question is, “Why has
my bill gone up?”
There is not just one single answer to that question; there are
• An air conditioner removes heat from your home and dis-
charges it outside.
• A heat pump, in the summer, operates like an air condition-
many. And the answers are as many and as varied as our 33,000+ er. In the winter, it removes heat from the outside air and
members. To determine why your bill has gone up we will need discharges it inside.
to ask you a number of questions about your home, your electric 8. Who makes the best heating and air condition-
appliances and your family’s energy use. ing equipment?
Heating and cooling make up about 50% of your annual ener-
gy bill. Following are some of the most common questions that • The most important decision regarding purchasing new air
our customer’s ask about making the most of their heating and conditioning equipment is to select an experienced, rep-
cooling dollars. utable contractor who has excellent references.
9. Can ceiling fans really help cut cooling and
1. What are the best thermostat settings to main- heating costs?
tain while I’m at home?
• Yes, try setting your thermostat to 78 degrees in the sum-
• Heating - no higher than 70 degrees; cooling - no lower mer while running your ceiling fans. In the winter, reverse
than 75 degrees the paddle direction (there is a switch on the fan to do that)
2. Should I adjust the thermostat when I go to and run on low to bring warmer air down from the ceiling.
work? 10. How can I find out more ways to save money
• Heat pumps operate best in the winter when you maintain a and energy?
steady temperature. During the summer, try setting the tem- • Complete a FREE home energy survey online at
perature to 78 degrees when you go to work. www.svalleyec.com or call today to have one mailed to
3. Should I set my thermostat for continuous fan you. You will receive a report with more energy saving
to circulate the air? ideas and through June 30 you will receive a FREE ener-
gy conservation kit.
• We recommend against that in the summer. Operating the
fan on “continuous” can reduce your air conditioning sys-
tem’s moisture removal capability. Also, the fan uses energy. Love your Heat Pump!
3. Should I close off rooms we aren’t using?
• Shutting off rooms can actually increase your heating and
cooling cost by causing additional air leaks. The closed-off
room becomes pressurized pushing conditioned air to the
outside around windows.
4. How about closing supply air registers in rooms e
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ted ng f s
we aren’t using?
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• Shutting registers pressurizes the branch duct serving that
register, likely increasing duct leakage.
5. How often should I change my filters? Fo fin cien
• Once a month is best.
6. Is it better to use space heaters or my central h
system to heat? hig
• With your heat pump system, it’s best to keep a consistent
temperature. Using a programmable thermostat that ensures Now is the time to start planning for the replacement
“smart recovery” (without bringing on heat strips) can gen- of your old inefficient heating and cooling system.
erate savings. TVA and SVEC have just announced a special 6%
interest financing rate for high efficiency (14 SEER
7. What is the difference between an air condi- and above and advanced heating units). Call now
tioner and a heat pump? for details.
SVEC pays taxes to local communities And the winners are...
2007 ad valorem taxes E ach year SVEC sponsors the
Washington Youth Tour Writing
Contest for high school juniors. The
S equachee Valley Electric Cooperative
recently made payments of
$728,030.91 in ad valorem taxes to city
first place winner from each of the
seven public high schools receive an
expense paid trip to Washington D.C.
and county governments in eight counties Pikeville $11,137.00 The runners-up each receive a $50
in its service area. Coffee County $555.97 savings bond. The 2008 winners are:
These payments represent taxes for Grundy County
lines, buildings, equipment and all other
$185,540.00 Bledsoe County High School
facilities necessary to provide electric ser-
Tracy City $5,468.00 1st - Ciara Pittman
vice to SVEC’s residential and commer- Hamilton County $2,361.00 2nd - Jessica Twombley
Marion County $243,927.85 3rd - Cory Prater
cial member-owners. Richard Hardy Memorial School
Often mistakenly criticized for "not Jasper $3,328.84 1st - Josh Dietz
paying taxes," cooperatives do, in fact, Kimball $935.00 2nd - Tyler Oaks
pay, and they pay a lot. While it's true New Hope $666.00 3rd - Katie Bell
that your electric cooperative is a "not- South Pittsburg $15,732.00 Marion County High School
for-profit, tax-exempt" organization, that Whitwell $5,068.25 1st - Austin Quarles
can be misleading. Your electric coopera- 2nd - Emily Conaway
Rhea County $157.00 3rd - Sara Henry
tive is organized under state law as a Sequatchie County $121,231.00
"not-for-profit" corporation. That simply South Pittsburg High School
Dunlap $26,514.00 1st - Hillary Barker
means it sets its costs to recover only
what is needed to operate the business.
Van Buren County $11,881.00 2nd - Hannah Newton
3rd - Katlyn Sisco
Excess profits are reinvested in the utility Grundy County High School
to keep rates low for everyone. As for
being "tax exempt," electric cooperatives
Grand Total Taxes Paid 2007 1st - Kevin Prater
2nd - Alex Cantu
are exempt from paying federal corporate 3rd - Marissa Caldwell
income tax, but as you can see from the
figures to the right, co-ops do pay taxes!
$728,030.91 Sequatchie County High School
1st - Will Frizzell
2nd - Tricia Camp
3rd - Brooke McCarver
S torm Season is Coming! South Pittsburg High School Jr. English
Protect Your American Dream Teacher, Isaac Blevins and SVEC’s Cathy
Black will accompany the group.
Take advantage of SVEC’s Offer of
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of 97 Resource Rd, Dunlap
3396 Main Street
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Through June 30 512 South Cedar Avenue
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