As temperatures heat up, practicing energy-savings can help keep your summer bills cool. Find simple ways to save without having to make costly changes to your home.
Raise your thermostat.
Set your thermostat at 78 degrees or higher and fight the urge to lower it. Use a fan only in occupied rooms, which will allow you to raise your thermostat 4 degrees without losing comfort. Remember to turn off fans when you leave the room. Fans cool people, not spaces!
Replace your air filter.
Changing your air filter is one of the easiest, most inexpensive ways to make sure your system is running as efficiently as possible. A clogged or dirty air filter makes your HVAC work much harder to take air in. By replacing filters regularly, you can help lower your energy use up to 15%, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Choose cold water.
Lower your water heater setting to an interval between 115-120 degrees and opt for cold-water cycles when washing laundry. Take shorter, cooler showers to save even more energy and money.
Unplug energy vampires.
Some electronics, like computers and game consoles, draw energy even when they’re turned off. Stop these energy vampires by unplugging any unnecessary electronics or turning off the power strip in your home. This can help lower your electric bill up to 10%.
Limit lights and electronics.
Take advantage of natural light during the daytime. Make sure all lights in your home are energy-efficient, LED bulbs. Install timers and sensors for indoor and outdoor lights, and remember to hit the off switch when you leave a room.
Make meals that don’t require cooking.
Sandwiches and salads are refreshing summer meal ideas that won’t add extra heat to your home. For a hot meal, consider firing up your outdoor grill and avoid using your stove or oven when possible.
Don’t forget about Power Rush Hour
Remember to shift your energy use from 2-7 p.m., the time when the statewide electric grid is high demand — especially on hot, summer days. Do your chores either before or after Power Rush Hour, and keep your thermostat at a steady 78 degrees or higher.
Learn more at pec.coop/power-rush-hour.