We want to help you control 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.
- Remember that insulation and sealing air leaks can help improve your home's energy performance because they help you keep the cool air you have paid to cool inside your home.
- Plant trees or shrubs to shade air conditioning units but do not block the airflow.
- 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.
- 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.
- Adjust your home's thermostat up two degrees in the summer.
- 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.
- Keep curtains, drapes and blinds closed during the hottest part of the day to prevent the sun's rays from heating your home.