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Summer Cooling Tips to Help You Beat the Heat

Summer is officially here and many parts of the country will face high temps in the months to come. EEI offers the following tips to help you stay cool while saving you money on your electricity bill.

Here are things that you can take action on today:

  • Close drapes, shades and blinds
    Doing this (especially on the south and west sides of your home) can prevent the sun from unintentionally heating up your home
  • Set your thermostat to 78 degrees (and 85 degrees when no one is home)
    For each degree you raise your thermostat you can potentially save 1-2 percent on cooling costs
  • Install a programmable thermostat
  • Remove debris from filters in your air conditioning unit
    Dirty/ blocked filters block airflow and makes your air conditioning unit work inefficiently
  • Use fans
    Utilizing fans allows you to turn your thermostat up about four degrees which saves you money over time
  • Avoid using the stove
    Cooking with a microwave oven instead can save you up to 90 percent on cooking costs and avoids the extra heat that stoves and ovens produce
  • Reduce air leakage within your home
    Properly caulking and weatherstripping your home keeps cool air in and can reduce air conditioning use 10 to 20 percent
  • Install double-glazed windows
    This cuts the transfer of heat by upwards of 50 percent
  • Wash and dry only full loads and in cold water
    This reduces electricity use
  • Replace traditional incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lights or LED lights
    Older light bulbs emit more heat and are less efficient

Visit you electric company’s Web site for additional ways to help you get more value from your energy dollars

Check out EEI’s More Than 100 Ways to Improve Your Electric Bill for more helpful hints and opportunities to use energy wisely.