Tips to Stay Cool & Conserve Energy at Home

  • Keep the thermostat at 78°F when home and warmer than usual when away.
  • Open windows at night and circulate in cool air, but close them first thing in the mornings.
  • Keep blinds closed and facing upward during the day as up to 30% of unwanted heat is from windows.
  • Use fans for circulation when in a room and turn off when leaving a room. Remember, fans cool people, not rooms, with a wind chill effect.
  • Set ceiling fans to rotate counter-clockwise. Ceiling fans will allow you to raise the thermostat about 4°F with no reduction in comfort.
  • Use bathroom and kitchen hood fans to remove heat and humidity from the home.
  • Do not heat your home with appliances. Avoid using oven on hot days; cook on the stove, microwave or better yet grill outside.
  • Avoid placing lamps, TVs and other appliances near the thermostat, it can sense heat output.
  • Take advantage of daylight instead of artificial that can put off some heat, but avoid direct sunlight.
  • Consider air drying both clothes and dishes.
  • Turn down temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120°F).

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