We want to help you manage your energy costs. Instead of reaching for the thermostat when it is hot and humid outside, take a conservative approach to staying cool and keeping costs down. The following summer energy savings tips will help you save money and energy.
- Use a fan even when your air conditioner is running so you can spread the cooled air more effectively throughout your home without having to adjust the thermostat.
- Turn off fans in rooms not in use. Fans are effective at cooling you – not the room.
- Fans help circulate the air in your home. Moving air makes you feel cooler, so you can set your thermostat at a higher temperature during the summer and still feel comfortable.
Whole-house fans can help cool your home by pulling cool air through the house and exhausting warm air out through the attic. Whole-house fans are effective primarily when they are operated at night because that is typically when the outside air is cooler than the inside.
- Do not place lamps or electronic equipment, such as a TV set near your home's thermostat. The thermostat senses heat from these appliances, which can cause the air conditioner to run longer than it needs to.
- Adjust your thermostat up two degrees in the summer. Using a programmable thermostat can help you save up to 10% energy usage.