It's that time of year again. We don't want to fire up the furnace because it'll be 80 degrees by the afternoon, but we feel a slight chill in the mornings. That's when many UCEMC members will bring the space heater out of storage. Some advertisements indicate that portable electric heaters are highly efficient. The truth is, they are designed to provide adequate short-term heat for a bathroom or other small area. Long-term use may be cost-prohibitive because with a space heater, it's that constant flow of electricity that causes that wire to glow red-hot and produce heat.
Trees that contact power lines or those wires knocked down by trees during a storm can electrocute you and possible ignite a fire. If anything, such as a tree, makes contact with an energized line or if a broken power line falls to the ground or lands on a vehicle or fence, electricity will flow to the ground and spread out in irregular concentric circles. This is known as the Ripple Effect.
Did you know that there’s a vampire in your home 24/7? Many electronics continue to use energy even after they’re turned off. If they remain plugged in after use, it’s what we call phantom load and it costs the average member more than $100 a year.
Living without electricity is no easy task, especially during cold weather. To make the best of the situation as we work to restore your power, follow these tips from UCEMC once you’ve called to report the outage in your area:
If you’re that family member who enjoys an extra-long, hot shower to begin your day, you might want to reconsider. Since water heaters are the second largest energy expense in your home after your heating and cooling system, washing away your cares could cost you if you don’t have an efficient water heater. It pays to buy a good one.
Unfortunately, Caller ID can’t tell us when a scammer is on the line. We must be vigilant for the latest techno-tricks scammers are using to steal our hard-earned cash.