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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