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Ways to Lower Energy Use During Summer Heat Wave

The biggest way to reduce energy use and costs during a summer heat wave is to raise the thermostat for your air conditioning. You need to find the highest setting that is mostly comfortable for you; it might be 80 degrees for one person and 82 degrees for another.

In extreme heat, if your setting is too low, your air conditioning unit will never reach the desired temperature, but it will keep running, and your electric meter will keep spinning.

Nudge the setting up and try these additional measures to stay cool and not get burned by high summer electric bills.

  • Station fans in areas where you spend time. Use ceiling fans if you have them, but turn off fans and lights when you leave the room.

  • Close draperies and blinds on windows that allow direct sunlight to enter the house.

  • Avoid appliances that produce heat or moisture, like your washer, dryer, oven and range top. This is a great time to cook outdoors or hang laundry on a line outside to dry.

  • Turn off lights you aren’t using… it’s amazing how much heat traditional light bulbs put out. If you haven’t done so already, this is a great time to buy energy-efficient, longer-lasting LED bulbs.

  • Shorten your showers and leave the bathroom exhaust fan on only long enough to remove the moisture from the air. You don’t want it pulling out any precious cool air.


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