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BLUEBONNET Q&A: Get efficient in 2017

1227
 2016


— Barbara Seilheimer, Bluebonnet member services manager

Q: I am thinking about New Year’s resolutions to simplify my life and save money in 2017. Are there things I can do to interact with Bluebonnet more efficiently and save energy? 
 
A: You came to the right place. Our member service representatives brainstormed and came up with a list of changes you can make in 2017 to make your life more manageable and save money. You can resolve to: 
  • Sign up for a recurring Bluebonnet account so your electric bill always will be paid by a bank or credit card draft and your bills are paid on time. This will help establish good credit and help ensure your Bluebonnet deposit is returned. 
  • Keep thermostat on 78 during the summer and 68 during the winter to conserve energy and save money. 
     
  • Caulk and weather strip doors, windows and electric outlets. 
  • Reduce water heating costs by lowering temperature setting to 120 degrees F. 
  • Maintain heating system to ensure it is efficient. 
  • Reduce energy by using natural light when possible. 
  • Open curtains on south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to warm the house. 
  • Close fireplace flue when not in use. 
  • In warm months, grill or use a slow cooker to avoid heating the house with the oven. 
  • Dry clothes on outside line.
  • Lower the cost of holiday lighting by using LED lights. 
Questions? Call 800-842-7708 and a member service representative can help. 
 
— Barbara Seilheimer, Bluebonnet member services manager
 
Would you like to see your question featured in Bluebonnet’s pages in Texas Co-op Power magazine? We will also put the Q&A on our website, bluebonnet.coop. Click here to send us an email.

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