Summer Energy-Saving Tips

Published on Sunday, May 19, 2024 in Electric

Use Fans Instead of A/C When Practical

  • Fans cool you down by creating a wind chill effect and are much less energy intensive than an HVAC system. Set ceiling fans to rotate in a counterclockwise direction to create a downdraft.
  • Fans cool people, not rooms. Always turn them off when you leave.
  • When you take a shower, a bathroom fan vented to the outside of your home will remove excess heat and humidity.

Maximize A/C Efficiency

  • Regular maintenance for your HVAC system will keep it from overworking due to old or faulty components.
  • Keep your airflow clear by vacuuming vents and moving furniture out of their way.
  • Place heat-generating appliances like lamps away from your thermostat to ensure it accurately measures the room’s temperature.
  • Keeping your shades closed can help block the sun from heating your home and making your A/C work harder.

Seal Your Home

  • Applying caulk or weatherstripping around your doors and windows can keep warm air from getting into your home.
  • During the day, your windows can trap heat from direct sunlight. Install window coverings to keep the heat out.

Lower Water Heating

  • Your water heater is another primary source of energy use in your home. Limiting it to 120 degrees can both prevent scalding and save energy.
  • If you have an aging water heater, a newer model may be more efficient. For more info about energy-efficient water heaters, visit and select a type of water heater to learn more about it.

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