Energy Efficiency & Summer Safety 101
It doesn’t take a lot of time or money to save electricity during summer heat waves, and benefits include a cooler house and maybe even lower electric bills.
These simple tips will help you save power:
- Turn off all unnecessary lights, appliances and electronic equipment.
- When at home, close blinds and drapes that get direct sun, set air conditioning thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, and use fans to cool the air.
- When away from home, set air conditioning thermostats to 85 degrees and turn all fans off before you leave. Block the sun by closing blinds or drapes on windows that will get direct sun.
- Do not use your dishwasher, laundry equipment, hair dryers, coffeemakers, or other home appliances during the peak hours of 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Avoid opening refrigerators or freezers more than necessary.
- Use microwaves for cooking instead of an electric range or oven.
- Set your pool pump to run in the early morning or late evening, not during peak demand hours.
These tips can help you stay healthy:
- Keep well hydrated if working and playing outside during peak hours of 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Wear sunscreen, hats and long sleeves to help avoid sunburn.
- Take frequent breaks to prevent overheating.
- If you don’t have access to air conditioning during the day, consider visiting public places like shopping malls and libraries.