The hottest summer days can have a big impact on your budget. Start saving immediately by understanding your energy use and making smart conservation choices. Remember, your bill reflects your last month’s energy use, so act now and your future self will thank you.
- Set your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher and raise it 3–5 degrees when you leave home for long periods — but don’t turn it off entirely.
- Ceiling fans can make you feel 4 degrees cooler while using much less energy than the HVAC. Plus, you can turn them off when you’re not in the room, because fans cool people, not spaces.
- Direct sunlight raises the temperature in your home. Reduce this extra heat by closing shades and drapes during the day.
- Keep all supply vents and interior doors open to ensure maximum air flow throughout the house.
- During the hottest part of the day, avoid cooking, baking, and running the dryer or the heat dry feature on your dishwasher — all these appliances will add heat to your home and make your air conditioner work overtime. Get our summer cooking tips here.
- Wash your clothes in cold water and consider line drying if you can.
- Only run full loads in the dishwasher and turn the heated dry feature off.
Request for energy conservation
If you see a call for conservation, it means the impact of your efforts to save energy will go beyond your bill. Click here to learn more about conservation requests and how your actions can reduce next year’s bills and help protect the grid.