hot weather/heat wave tips
During hot weather, customers can reduce their use of electricity by following these simple energy-saving steps:
- When using an air conditioner, set the thermostat no lower than 78 degrees. Each degree lower increases cooling costs by six percent. Turn it off when you leave your home, and use a timer to pre-set it for 30 minutes before you return.
- If possible, use a fan instead of an air conditioner in a well-ventilated area. Fans use 70 to 90 percent less electricity than air conditioners.
- Turn off unused, non-essential appliances, including televisions and computers that are on “stand-by” mode. Even though they are not “on,” TVs and PCs still draw power.
- Use the energy saver option on your dishwasher. Operate dishwashers, washing machines and dryers with full loads, early in the morning or late at night.
- Close shades or blinds to prevent the sun from adding more heat to the room.
- Don't let your air conditioning fly out the door. Storeowners who leave doors open with the A/C running could be subject to fines from the city.