Stay Cool and Save Energy
As temperatures rise, so can energy costs. So what can you do to keep your cool and still save energy this summer? The following tips can help.
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- Maintain your air conditioner. Schedule yearly maintenance to keep your central air conditioner running at peak efficiency and reduce operating costs. Change the filter regularly and check the refrigerant charge as well as indoor and outdoor air coils.
- Use a ceiling fan. Ceiling fans aid air conditioners by providing additional cooling and better circulation. Set the fan to rotate counter-clockwise in summer to push air downward and create a cooling breeze.
- Turn up the thermostat. Set your thermostat between 73 and 78 degrees when you are home and higher (or off) when you are away. Every one-degree increase in temperature is equivalent to a three-percent savings in your cooling costs.
- If it’s dry and cool at night, open your windows and let the outdoors do the air conditioning for you. In the morning, before the heat of the day, close windows and blinds to keep the cool air inside and reduce solar heat gain.
- Limit indoor cooking on warm days, or just fire up the grill. Use smaller appliances for smaller meals, such as a toaster oven or microwave, instead of the oven.
- Run the dishwasher at night or early in the morning when temperatures are cooler—and only with a full load of dishes.
- Look for the STAR. ENERGY STAR® qualified appliances, electronics and lighting save energy and money compared to standard devices.