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Cherie

Meet Cherie.  As a homeowner and smart energy advocate, Cherie is committed to finding new ways to save energy — and money! Through this blog, she shares tips on how to do both.

Stop back often and see how Cherie – and Smartmart – can simplify the way you live and work and help you make more informed energy decisions.

What You Should Know About Electric Vehicles
September 5, 2018

If National Drive Electric Week has you thinking about buying an electric vehicle (EV), then you have a lot to consider.


Wasted Energy Hiding in your Basement and Attic

August 16, 2018

There’s a lot going on in your basement and attic, helping make the rest of your home a healthy, comfortable and functional place to live.


In Hot Water
August 6, 2018

A splash of cold water can feel exhilarating, particularly when you’re not expecting it. But if your hot water tank stops working, a cold shower won’t be the only thing that will catch you by surprise.


Stay Efficient in the Bathroom

July 9, 2018

According to ENERGY STAR®, more than half of the water we use in the home is used in the bathroom. It’s an essential room in the home that gets a lot of traffic, so employing even just a few energy-efficiency tips can make a big impact ...


Easy Ways to Keep Cool This Summer
June 26, 2018

Summer has officially begun. And that means the heat is here to stay – at least for a while. Keeping cool doesn’t have to use up a lot of energy. Here are a few great ways FirstEnergy can help you save energy and cool down this summer...


A Moving Experience
June 11, 2018

Professional movers excluded, no one likes moving. It can be one of the most stressful situations you experience, and you’ll most likely do it several times throughout your life. Although you can’t eliminate all the stress involved, you might be able to make the process a little more tolerable by following these steps ...


Little Known Facts About Thunderstorms
May 31, 2018

The warmer it gets, the more time we plan to spend outdoors, which means staying on top of the weather. While some people rely on the latest forecast, others can smell a storm coming or feel it in their bones...


Relax! Easy ways to kick back and save in your living room
May 15, 2018

Your living room is often reserved for low-energy activity. After all, this is where you come to relax after a long day or to socialize with friends or family. While you’re getting cozy, consider that there may be a lot more energy flowing through the living room than you realize....


Arbor Day Celebrates the Importance of Trees in Our Lives
April 17, 2018

Remember the first time you climbed a tree? How about a summer picnic in the shade of a sturdy Oak or waiting out a spring rain under a welcoming canopy? Some of our best memories are surrounded by our leafy friends, and it’s virtually impossible to imagine our lives without them...


Maximize the Efficiency of Your Kitchen
March 28, 2018

Your refrigerator is constantly using energy – open it up, and it starts working double-time. Turn on the lights. Heat the oven. Wash your hands and rinse some veggies. 20 minutes prep time and 60 minutes cooking. Then load up and run the dishwasher ...


The Long and Short of Battery-Operated Lawn Equipment
March 12, 2018

The birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, grass is growing, and one thing is on our minds – the mowing season has begun...


Just How Much Energy Am I Using, Anyway?
February 20, 2018

We’re continually relying on electricity to make our lives more convenient and our homes more comfortable. But as we enjoy the many benefits of smarter technology, it’s a good idea to make smarter decisions about our energy use...


It’s Game Time. Can Your Home Perform Under the Pressure?
January 26, 2018

Now is the time of year for football watch parties and record-breaking food consumption. But if you’re hosting friends and family for the big game, your home is going to need to be in championship form for all the TV watching, chili cooking and food frying...


Shedding Some Light on LEDs
December 14, 2017

The importance of good lighting is rarely more obvious than in the winter. The nights are longer and in this region, natural light is in short supply. With all the lighting options available, you might be uncertain about which choice is right for you. But one thing is for sure – LED lighting is a good fit for any situation...


Year-Round Decorating Made Easy
November 20, 2017

It’s that time of year… Time to decorate your home for a festive holiday season. Imagine how much more fun decorating for the holidays would be if you didn’t have to hang up – or take down -- your holiday lights every year. Then think of all the other occasions you could put the lights to use, adding more fun to any celebration...


Winter is Coming – Are You Ready?
November 2, 2017

Living in the north has its advantages: foliage in the fall; cherry blossoms in the spring; and the warm, sunny summers to name a few. Unfortunately, the bitter cold and heavy snow of winter also comes with the territory. Here are few tips to help you prepare for Old Man Winter…
 

What’s Cooking This Holiday
October 19, 2017

The holidays are meant for family, fun and food. And since the kitchen is the heart of the home, it gets a workout this time of year. Before cooking meals and baking treats, help keep yourself merry and your holiday dishes bright with some simple preparations, like …
 

Entertaining this Fall?  Take it Outdoors!
September 28, 2017

Summer may be over, but who says the party has to end?  Sure, the days are shorter and the air is cooler, but outdoor get-togethers with family and friends can be just as fun in the fall.  Here are some helpful tips to make the most of your next autumn affair…


A Lesson in Laundry
September 6, 2017

Back to school means back to hectic schedules and less free time to get things done – like the never-ending chore of doing laundry. Before the laundry starts to pile up again, here are some tips to help you lighten the load…


When to water, fertilize or both

August 15, 2017

The rising temperatures of summer call for consistent and correct tree maintenance. With each tree being different, do you know when to water and fertilize yours? Tyler Woody, a certified arborist for FirstEnergy, provides some watering and fertilizing information so you can keep your trees healthy and strong during the season. During summer’s heat, watering…


Who do you call when a storm hits?
August 2, 2017

Along with the picturesque days of summer comes the occasional harsh storm. The care that you provide your trees in a storm’s aftermath is important. When a storm strikes this summer, do you know when to call an expert? Tyler Woody, a certified arborist for FirstEnergy, offers some tips to ensure your summertime tree care… 


Keep Your Trees Healthy While They Bring You Summer Shade

July 19, 2017

Do you know how to properly care for your trees during the summer season? The hot, direct sunlight that is so common in the summer months can be hard on the trees you need for shade. The occasional harsh summer storm can cause your trees stress as well. Tyler Woody, a certified arborist for FirstEnergy…


Let’s Talk HVAC Filters

June 27, 2017

HVAC air filters help keep the air in your home dust- and allergen-free and keep your heating and cooling system running efficiently. But how do you decide which filter is best? That depends on you – and your system. First, you’ll want to choose a filter that fits. Choosing the wrong size can have a…


Power Surges 101

June 08, 2017

When most people think of a power surge, they envision a smoking laptop or a blacked-out TV. The truth is that not all power surges immediately destroy your electronic devices. In fact, that’s pretty rare. But, all surges have the potential to cause damage, so it’s important to understand why they happen, what they can…


How Much Is Your Old Fridge Costing You? Recycling it May Be Easier Than You Think.

May 23, 2017

A second refrigerator tucked away in your garage or basement might be good when you need to store extra food or beverages. But is the convenience these second refrigerators provide worth the added energy costs? Before you stock up your backup fridge, consider the costs of keeping that energy hog running: According to energystar.gov, more…


How Well Do You Know Your Home?

March 30, 2017

Smart Thermostats Give Homeowners Greater Control of Their Heating and Cooling Costs

You’re probably aware that using a programmable thermostat can help you manage your electric bills. It can be programmed to a preset schedule according to when you’re home and away, saving you money and hassle. But, how effective is your programmable thermostat in understanding how well your HVAC system is performing? While programmable thermostats are…