Summer Energy Savings
Stay cool and comfortable this summer with these energy-saving tips.
The summer heat can lead to an excess demand on our energy supply. By working together to control our energy usage, we can save energy, produce less electricity and control energy costs.
Practicing energy efficiency and conservation is a key strategy for reducing carbon emissions. When we use less energy, there's less need to generate electricity.
Let's work together to protect the environment, control energy costs and stay comfortable this summer by taking these actions at home.
- Use a qualified contractor to professionally maintain your central air at least every two years. And, be sure to clean leaves and grass clippings off your outdoor air-conditioning unit.
- Run major appliances before 10 a.m. and after 9 p.m. or on weekends. This helps lower the demand for power during peak times.
- Don't overcool with your air-conditioner. Set your thermostat as high as is comfortable, preferably 78˚F or higher when you are home and up to 85˚F when you are away. Consider upgrading to a smart thermostat—Wi-Fi connected thermostats can adjust temperatures automatically based on your routine, saving energy almost effortlessly!
- Swap your lightbulbs with LEDs, which use up to 75% less energy than standard incandescent bulbs and last 15 to 25 times longer.
- Unplug your phone chargers, printers, computers and other electronic equipment when you are not using them. These devices can still use energy when not in use and can account for 5 to 10% of your total energy use.
- Run a whole house fan, room or ceiling fans. Be sure to turn off ceiling and room fans when no one is in the room – fans cool people, not rooms.
- Seal around your window air-conditioner so cool air cannot escape.
- Keep your shades closed to block out direct sunlight during the day.
- Use cold water to wash clothes whenever possible to save energy. Using warm water instead of hot water can cut a load's energy use in half, according to the Department of Energy.
- Run full loads in your washer and dryer to cut down on excess energy usage.