Summer energy saving ideas
Cash-back Central Air Conditioner Tune-up rebates are currently available for residential customers who schedule an inspection of their central air conditioning units.
Tree Power! rebates are available to residential customers who plant shade trees in their yard to reduce their household energy consumption.
The Responsible Appliance Recycling Program provides incentives for recycling and disposing of eligible old and inefficient appliances.
The utility offers a number of other energy-saving services for residential customers through Wisconsin’s statewide Focus on Energy Program.
“We want our customers to know we are the local resource for information, technical assistance and financial incentives to save energy and money,” said Zak Bloom, Waupun Utilities’ General Manager.
We encourage customers to take the following steps:
Close drapes or shades during the day to block the sun. Open them at night to let the heat escape through the windows.
Set the thermostat at 78 degrees or higher for the most energy efficient operation.
Install a ceiling fan to create a breeze and keep the air circulating throughout the room. Be sure to turn the fan off when you are not in the room to save energy.
Plant shade trees to provide cover for your air conditioner and windows that face the south or west. Shading the cooling unit can increase efficiency, and a well-placed tree, shrub, or vine can deliver effective shade, act as a windbreak, and reduce overall energy bills.
Use appliances efficiently and run appliances that give off heat, such as your dishwasher and clothes dryer, late at night or early in the cooler morning hours. Air dry dishes instead of using the dishwasher drying cycle.
Schedule a tune-up of your cooling system and regularly replace air conditioning filters. Without maintenance, air conditioners can lose up to five percent of their original efficiency every year. Dirty filters also restrict airflow and can increase energy use.
“Many summer energy-saving measures can be done at little or no cost,” said Bloom, General Manager. “By following a few simple tips, you will see your home’s energy efficiency increase and your energy savings add up.”
For more energy-saving ideas and information about energy efficiency incentives, contact us at 920-324-7920.