With the start of summer we have already seen temperatures reach well over 90°! Later on this week they are even calling for temperatures to reach 100°! Even on the hottest of summer days there are ways to conserve energy. Pepco, one of the largest energy delivery companies in the Mid-Atlantic region, has composed a list of suggestions to help homeowner’s conserve energy in their homes. They suggest to:
- Set air-conditioning thermostats at 78° and use an electric fan, which doesn’t require as much energy, and the air will seem cooler without sacrificing comfort.
- Keep window shades, blinds, or drapes closed to block the sunlight during the hottest part of the day and retain cooler air inside your home or business.
- Limit the use of electrically heated water and turn off non-essential appliances and as many lights as possible.
- Limit opening refrigerator or freezer doors.
- Postpone using high-energy appliances like electric stoves, washing machines, dishwashers and dryers until the evening.
They also suggest the following tips to conserve energy and save money!
- Close shades and curtains to keep the sun out.
- Set the thermostat on 78° or higher.
- Cook outdoors to keep cool and save electricity.
- Use ceiling fans and portable fans when you are in the room.
- Clean or replace the filters on your cooling system.
- Use bathroom exhaust fans to pull heat and humidity out of the house.
- Dry your clothes outdoors. You’ll save energy by not using the dryer and you won’t heat up your house.
- Have your cooling system professionally serviced at least once a year.
- Insulate your attic to at least R-30.
- Install a timer to operate your pool pump.
- When going on vacation, shut off your water heater, turn off your air conditioning system, and disconnect appliances that will not be used during your absence.
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