Summer and the higher temperatures it brings, increases electrical loads. Keep cool this summer and save energy costs by following these simple tips around the house.
- Turn off unnecessary lights. Much of the energy from a light bulb is heat.
- Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent light (CFL) and light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs.
- Make sure furniture or drapes do not block your registers for supply and return air. This helps your HVAC system operate more efficiently.
- Clean or replace the air filters in your HVAC system so it won’t have to work so hard to cool your home.
- Close blinds, shades or curtains during the hottest part of the day to reduce sun heat.
- Apply sun-control or other reflective films on south-facing windows.
- Weather-strip or caulk around window and door frames to prevent air leaks and keep cooled air inside your homes.
- On mild days, open windows for natural ventilation and turn the air conditioning off.
- Use portable or ceiling fans. Run ceiling fans counterclockwise. Even mild air movement of 1 MPH can make you feel 3 to 4 degrees cooler. Just don’t forget to turn them off when you leave the room.
- Wear thin, loosely fitting clothes and you may not have to keep room temperatures as cool.
- Cook on your outdoor grill. The indoor stove or oven can raise your kitchen’s temperature as much as 5 to 10 degrees!
- Use a microwave oven instead of a conventional oven to save money and keep your kitchen cooler.
- Move a spare refrigerator out of the garage to an insulated basement or spare room. You’ll save money because the unit won’t have to work as hard to keep food cold.
- Do heat-and-moisture-producing jobs such as cooking, cleaning, ironing, and laundry during the cooler early morning and evening hours.
- Run the dishwasher only when it’s full and run it in the early morning or at night when the outside temperatures are cooler.
- Air-dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s heat drying cycle.
- Avoid unnecessary trips in and out of the house, especially on very hot days. Heat and humidity come in each time you open the door.