Grow your summer energy savings

Posted on May 27 2024 in Jay County REMC
Neil Draper

As summer quickly approaches, one of my favorite things about this time of year is educating our members on energy efficiency and savings before the dog days of summer hit.

After all, the summer months bring some of the highest energy bills of the year. But why? Cooling your home accounts for a large portion of your monthly energy use, and the hotter it gets, the harder (and longer) your air conditioner works to keep you cool.

When I think about energy efficiency, I think about how you can use less electricity with just a few simple actions and reap the rewards of energy savings.

You don’t have to be a lineworker or engineer to know that adjusting the thermostat or turning off lights can reduce your monthly electric bill. If you read Jay County REMC’s publications regularly and follow us on Facebook, you know there are many things you can do at home to save electricity and money.

I would also like to share a few ways we’re here to help you save throughout the year.

One of the great things about being part of Jay County REMC is that we’re locally owned by you, our members. So, instead of making profits, we can focus on helping our community. That’s why we’ve developed incentives and programs to help you keep your money in your wallet.

Save money with these easy incentives:

• Free energy audits — Our energy advisors can determine the overall efficiency of your home and help you with ways to improve it. To begin the energy audit process, visit our website at and click energy audit under the members tab. There, you will find the Energy Assessment Form to give us more information about your home. Once you have completed this form, return it to our office, and our energy advisor will contact you to schedule a formal audit.

• Use our SmartHub application — Our online SmartHub application allows members to check their usage daily, report outages, and see and pay their monthly bill. Having access to these details at a moment’s notice helps members make decisions about their energy usage, ultimately helping them save money. Register for SmartHub at

• Rebates

  • We currently offer an in-house rebate on electric water heaters that might be an option for you if you are looking to replace an old one or have new construction on the horizon. To check out that rebate, visit our website at and click “Rebates” under the “My Co-op” tab.
  • We also work closely with the Power Moves Program, which offers our members rebates on dual fuel heat pumps, air source heat pumps, heat pump water heaters, geothermal heat pumps, and Wi-Fi thermostats. Visit to learn more details and to apply for these rebates.

Most people don’t know everything about electricity, so we’re here to help. There are no investors making profits here. Just knowledgeable people with local jobs, working for our neighbors to ensure electricity is available when they need it. Contact us, and we can work with you to find more ways to save energy — and money.