Sunsational Energy Savings

Spending more time outdoors can be an opportunity to reduce your energy use—indoors!

Whether you're celebrating the 4th of July or hosting a last-minute family gathering in the backyard, following these simple tips can help you save energy all summer long.

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How and when you use appliances can make a difference

The summer heat can lead to high demand on our energy supply. Maintaining appliances that consume large amounts of energy and managing their use can save energy during critical periods.

When you need to run your air conditioner, make sure it runs efficiently. If you have an outdoor unit, clean leaves and grass clippings off it regularly. Schedule a qualified contractor to professionally service your central air at least every two years to ensure optimal performance.

Using ceiling fans in occupied rooms and drawing shades to minimize sunlight also will help keep rooms cooler and more comfortable.

Use washers, dryers and dishwashers before 10 a.m. and after 9 p.m. or on weekends—and run them with full loads. Running large appliances in the early morning or late evening helps to lower the demand for power during peak times. If we can reduce peak—when everyone is consuming higher amounts of electricity—we can lower long-term costs. By working together to control our energy usage, collectively we can save energy, produce less electricity and control energy costs.

published: 06-29-2018