You don’t need to be a numbers person to appreciate a new feature in Usage Explorer—SmartHub’s energy management tool. It not only lets you monitor the ups and downs of your home’s energy usage, but also see it in terms of dollars and cents. Having this information at your fingertips can help you make “real-time” lifestyle adjustments for real savings.

So, how does this new feature work?

Previously, you could only see your energy usage in terms of kilowatt hours. You can still do that, but now you can also view it in terms of your pocketbook. By knowing this information within a few days of using the energy, you can quickly make little “lifestyle adjustments” to keep your energy bill more affordable, like: lowering your thermostat a degree or two, dressing warmer when inside, limiting the use of space heaters (see story on page 24) and saying “no” to soaking in long hot baths as a way
to warm up.

How else can SmartHub help with my energy bill?

There’s also a feature that lets you compare your usage to the daily high and low temperature for your zip code. The value of this is being able to see how weather affects your bill. Generally, usage goes up dramatically as temperatures drop—even if you never change your thermostat to compensate. If you haven’t already done so, one of the most impactful changes you can make this winter is to keep your thermostat set as close as possible to 68 degrees.

Is that it?

Nope. You can also use this temperature record to look back to see what the weather was like during any billing period. This can be important in understanding your bill since each billing cycle reflects usage that can be
up to a month behind. When you open your bill and it’s a nice day outside,
it can be challenging to remember what temperatures were actually like during that bill’s timeframe.

Sounds like this takes more time than I can spare.

Not really. It only takes minutes to sign up for SmartHub on www.gvec.org.
All you need is your account number and a valid email address. Or, download our FREE SmartHub app from the App Store or Google Play to your mobile device. You’ll be able to monitor usage and save time by using SmartHub to
pay your bill, report outages, set alerts and request GVEC services.

Wow! Could it be any easier?

Glad you asked! Our Member Services Advisors are energy professionals—here to help you use SmartHub and recommend ways to save energy. They can talk by phone, meet with you in person for a free in-home energy audit, discuss renewable alternatives like a solar panel system from GVEC Home, and assist you with GVEC’s Energy Efficiency Rebate program. Just call us at 800.223.4832.

Learn more about viewing your usage in terms of dollars and cents in this blog post.

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