Be Cool, Save Energy
Simple, energy-saving steps can keep you comfortable this summer.
Summer brings warmer temperatures, longer days and more opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. It also can increase the demand for energy.
Operate your thermostat efficiently
- Set your fan to "Auto" instead of "On." The Auto setting allows the fan to run when needed to reach the desired temperature instead of running continuously. This simple switch represents the largest difference in energy and cost savings for the average home.
- Don't overcool your home with your air conditioner. Set your thermostat as high as is comfortable, preferably 78°F or higher in the summer when you're home and up to 85°F when you're away.
A programmable thermostat makes it easier to regulate the temperature in your home. If you've been thinking about upgrading to a smart thermostat, Wisconsin's Focus on Energy program is offering a $75 incentive to eligible customers. Visit focusonenergy/smart to learn more.
Maintain your air conditioner
Hiring a service professional to perform routine maintenance on your air conditioner can increase system efficiency and extend the life of your unit.
If your air conditioner is old and you're looking to upgrade, visit energystar.gov to find and compare the most efficient units available. A more efficient air conditioner will pay for itself in energy savings over time.
Use windows and fans effectively
Taking advantage of natural cooling also can help save energy.
- When it cools off at night, turn off your air conditioner and open your windows.
- When you wake in the morning, shut the windows and blinds to block the sun and to keep the cool air indoors.
- Seal cracks around windows, doors and other openings to prevent warm air from leaking into your home.
Using ceiling fans also allows you to raise your thermostat setting about 4°F with no reduction in comfort. But, remember to turn off the fan when you leave the room. Fans cool people, not rooms, by creating a wind chill effect.
Replace old lightbulbs with LEDs
A switch to energy-efficient LED bulbs also can lower your energy costs. Only 10% of the energy from traditional incandescent bulbs is used for light—the rest is wasted as heat. Energy-efficient LEDs give off less heat. Eligible MGE customers can receive free LED bulbs by visiting Focus on Energy.