Tips to beat the summer heat

Tips to beat the summer heat

Summer is officially here and so is the heat that comes with it. As temperatures rise, customers often see higher electricity bills because they rely on their cooling systems to beat the heat.

There are simple ways to use less energy without sacrificing comfort. Follow these tips to stay calm and help keep bills under control:

  1. Check air filters: Filters should be replaced at least every three months. Dirty filters force your cooling system to work harder, using more energy in the process.

  2. Invest in a smart thermostat: A programmable thermostat can automatically adjust the temperature in your home based on a set schedule. Increasing the temperature while you are away can help reduce your energy use.

  3. Use curtains, blinds, or window coverings: Direct sunlight will warm your home. Close blinds or blinds on windows facing the sun to prevent direct radiant heating from affecting interior temperatures.

  4. Reducing heat in the home: Avoid using heat-producing appliances during the hottest times of the day, which may make the air conditioner work harder. Make use of an outdoor grill instead of a stove or oven and use other appliances during the early morning or evening hours.

  5. Open windows at night: If you live in an area where nights are cooler and less humid, give your cooling system a break by opening the windows to let in a gentle breeze.

  6. Adjust the fans counterclockwise: This creates a downdraft that pushes the cool air down. Make sure fans are turned off when you leave the room – fans cool people, not rooms.

  7. Use ventilation strategies: Bathrooms and laundry rooms are great places for ventilation fans to help remove heat and moisture. Just make sure they are pointed outward.

  8. Weather resistance of your home: Look around for any holes or cracks around doors and windows. Caulk, weather tape or seal any areas that could let hot air in.

  9. Closing unused rooms: Close cooling vents and turn off window air conditioners in unused rooms. Keep doors to unused rooms closed.

  10. Stock your refrigerator: Keep refrigerators and freezers as full as possible. Frozen or cold items in the refrigerator help keep other items cold, reducing the amount of work the refrigerator has to do to maintain a low temperature.

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