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Member newsletter for Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative

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Energy use changes seasonally

When it’s cold in the winter and your heating system runs, or when it’s hot in the summer and your air conditioning runs, your bill will be higher.

Your bill is at its lowest in May and October, because you typically use less energy in those months.

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Account Manager helps you track your usage

You can see how much energy you use every hour of every day when you sign in to Account Manager.

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Know your heat pump

Your heat pump has different heating modes. 

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Normal mode
= most efficient

Auxiliary (or emergency) mode
= less efficient (more $$)

If it is very cold and your heat pump runs continuously in normal mode, it may still be more efficient than running it in the auxiliary or emergency heating mode.

Control your heating costs

  • Have heating system serviced annually.
  • Clean or replace filters monthly.
  • Find the coolest comfortable setting. (Recommended: 68°F in winter.)
  • Install a programmable thermostat.
  • Take advantage of sunlight.
  • Weatherize doors and windows.
  • Ensure duct work is sealed and insulated.
  • Insulate your attic, walls, and crawlspace.