Want to improve your energy use habits? The myMTEMC app will show you how
How and when we use electricity affects the size of monthly power bills. This is especially true during periods when temperatures are extremely hot or cold. Your trusted energy advisor, Middle Tennessee Electric (MTE), offers a tool to help residential households gain control of energy consumption.
Your smartphone can become an energy efficiency hub through the mobile app, myMTEMC. It’s a free download and easy to use.
Five years ago, home energy management applications (apps) started to take off. Today, a huge market has developed for these digital tools. The array of types and competing brands is bewildering—and there is often a cost and contract involved.
The myMTEMC app is tailored to your home. It is confidential and secure, available 24/7 and extremely accurate. Meter information specific to your electric account is at your fingertips. Plus, the format makes it simple to use.
By understanding when energy is used and for what purpose, MTEMC members can drill down to see what’s happening inside their homes. Easy-to-understand graphs incorporate power usage, dates, average temperature, meter readings and billing period. It’s clear to see how household demand corresponds to temperature. With a little data mining, you can also identify poor energy habits that result in waste.
The first tier of energy efficiency is structural, involving HVAC systems, insulation, sealing, weather-stripping, windows and doors. However, even homes built to save kilowatts can produce high bills when the second tier of energy efficiency—habit and behavior—is ignored.
Think for a moment how many times personal choice guides your use of electricity. The heating and cooling thermostat setting, temperature of hot water for showers and baths, when laundry is washed and dried, use of the oven . . . all these things are related to lifestyle, schedule and individual or family preference.
Let’s use this simple example: myMTEMC shows three consecutive days of similar average temperatures but the second day’s meter reading jumps, then declines the third day. Something happened to cause this change.
Did someone turn up the thermostat setting a degree or two because they were cold? A one-degree difference in the thermostat set-point can increase energy use 3% to 5%! It would have been cheaper to grab a sweater out of the closet.
Actions involving electricity use result in reactions that we see on the amount-owed line of the electric bill a month or more later. Before the mobile app, trying to match energy habits and behaviors with usage was difficult.
Now managing your energy use doesn’t have to be hit or miss. Guided by myMTEMC data and reports, it is possible to zero in on second-tier energy efficiency issues, increase the comfort level of your home and save money by using less electricity. Knowledge is power, indeed.
This is why more than 100,000 of your fellow electric cooperative members have already downloaded the application on their phones or desktop web browsers. They use the app to monitor electricity consumption and save kilowatt-hours, but myMTEMC does much more, including:
- Billing history access
- Bill payments
- Pre-Pay account tracking
- Power outage reporting
The myMTEMC app is a benefit of being a member-owner of this nonprofit, locally governed electric cooperative dedicated for more than 80 years to providing safe, reliable, affordable electricity and service excellence. For more about energy management apps and how to lower your electric bill, follow the links below, log on to www.MTEMC.com or contact your local office.
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