Summer and the high temperatures it brings increase electrical loads. Keep cool this summer and save energy costs by following these simple tips around the house.
Summer cooling tips
- Turn off unnecessary lights. Much of the energy from a light bulb is heat.
- Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent light (CFL) and light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs.
- Make sure furniture or drapes do not block your registers for supply and return air.
- Wear thin, loosely fitting clothes and you may not have to keep room temperatures as cool.
- Keep the sun out of your house. Close blinds, shades or curtains during the hottest part of the day.
- On mild days, open windows for natural ventilation and turn the air conditioning off.
- Use portable or ceiling fans. Run ceiling fans counterclockwise. Even mild air movement of 1 MPH can make you feel 3 to 4 degrees cooler.
- Apply sun-control or other reflective films on south-facing windows.