Keeping energy costs down is a great way to save money, especially in the hot summer months. Below are tips to help you reduce energy costs, and help control your bottom line. If you have any additional questions about energy consumption, please contact Power for Kids.
Hot Weather Energy-Saving Tips:
- Set your thermostat at 78°F or higher – every degree of extra cooling will increase energy usage six to eight percent.
- Use ceiling fans and portable fans to circulate the cool air.
- Install patio covers, awnings, and solar window screens to shade your home from the sun. Shade south and west windows with plants or trees to block the heat during the summer.
- Close interior blinds, drapes, or shades to block the sun and heat during warm weather.
- Use a clothesline instead of a clothes dryer.
- Outside air conditioning units, or condensers, should be shaded.
- On warm days raise your thermostat to 80°F or higher if leaving for more than four hours.
- Setting your thermostat to a lower temperature than normal will not cool your home faster.
- Try to save heat and humidity-generating activities (cooking, laundering, and dishwashing) for early morning or evening hours.
Cold Weather Energy-Saving Tips:
- Set your thermostat at 68°F or lower – every degree of extra heating will increase energy usage six to eight percent.
- Dress warmly.
- Use more blankets at night.
- Set ceiling fans on reverse to re-circulate the heat that builds up near the ceiling.
- Cover windows on winter nights with insulated curtains.
- Open interior blinds, drapes, or shades during the day to let the sun warm your home during cooler months.
General Energy-Saving Tips:
- Replace all incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs.
- Always turn lights off in rooms you are not using.
- Make sure bulbs do not exceed the recommended wattage indicated on the light socket.
- One larger wattage bulb is more efficient than two smaller wattage bulbs.
- Direct light, such as for reading, is more efficient than brightly lighting an entire room.
- Clean light bulbs regularly
Read the full list at the Public Utility Commission Website