Staying cool is a priority as temperatures rise, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take steps to help you save energy. Follow these simple tips.
Don’t underestimate a fan
If it’s hot, try using a fan to cool down before cranking down your air conditioner. According to energy.gov, you can actually turn up your thermostat 4 degrees while you’re in a room with a ceiling fan and not feel a difference in comfort. Just remember, fans cool people not spaces.
Use window shades
Window treatments can help you save by using them to adapt to the weather. Draw your window shades to block the sun on hot days, but if it’s cold, open them to let the sun naturally warm your home.
Avoid the oven on hot days
Cooking with the stove or oven adds heat to your home and makes the air conditioner work harder to keep you cool. In the spring and summer, consider meals that don’t require cooking like sandwiches or salads, or warm up your food in the microwave.
Keep heat out
Seal air leaks from leaky doors and windows by adding caulk or weatherstripping. This will keep the cool air in and the warm air out of your home.
Find more energy-saving tips at pec.coop/savings.