The dead of winter brings colder temperatures, resulting in higher energy bills. Even though we are in the business of selling energy and meeting your electricity needs, we do not want you to waste money and pay more than you should. Taking time to do some of the little things correctly can add up to significant savings on your electric bill and leave extra money in your pocket.

Energy efficiency remains a key part of our efforts to keep your power costs down. Best of all, energy efficiency— simply making the electricity you use to do more—saves you money.

I encourage you to visit the Energy Center section of joemc.com. There are several online tools available (including home energy calculators, an energy audit section, and a video library), as well as simple energy-saving ideas you can implement in your home to help reduce your energy use.

We also have energy use advisors on staff—who have performed hundreds of energy audits over the years—to assist you with operating your homes and businesses as efficiently as possible. They can provide some great advice on making smarter energy choices and can assist you with improving the energy-efficiency of your home.

Our mobile app and online member portal provide you full access to your account with many convenient energy management tools at your fingertips. The Energy Usage Monitoring tool charts your electricity use monthly or daily and even provides weather information so you can see how the weather affects usage.

You can also set up a high or excessive usage notification that will email you when your energy usage goes above a specified amount. This notification can be very valuable in helping identify an appliance malfunction, potentially saving you hundreds of dollars in wasted energy.

Finding ways to help you save energy dollars is important to us. Valuable tools like the Energy Center on our website, usage monitoring and notifications, and energy audits are just a few of the ways JOEMC is looking out for you.

To learn about other ways to make your home more energy‑efficient visit joemc.com or call our office at (910) 353-1940 to talk to one of our energy use advisors.