With the heat and humidity we’re expected to experience over the coming days, we know people will be relying heavily on their AC units, which can lead to more energy usage and higher bills. Here are a few quick ways to conserve energy when temperatures are so high:
- Adjust your thermostat. It’s the number one way to conserve energy in the summer. You can save up to 3 percent on cooling costs for each degree you turn up your thermostat. Try the EPA’s recommended 78 degrees, especially when away from home.
- Close your blinds. Sunlight shining through windows can account for up to 40 percent of unwanted heat gain and can force the air conditioner to work two to three times harder.
- Cook on the grill. Use an outdoor grill or microwave often during hot weather to reduce heat gain from indoor cooking.
- Consider doing dishes or laundry later in the evening. That will reduce the heat and humidity that are added to your home.
- Use fans only when you’re in the room. Ceiling fans don’t cool spaces, but cool people by creating a wind chill effect.
- Visit our website for more energy-saving tips.
The health and safety of our customers and employees is our top priority, especially during extreme weather. We spend lots of time and resources throughout the year to inspect, maintain, and upgrade our electrical system. Our power stations and generation sources are in good shape. We expect to continue providing reliable service to our customers even as the temperature climbs.