Four Key Steps to Saving Energy During Summer Weather

June 06, 2018

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Summer heat has officially arrived, and it’s only going to get hotter. Staying cool and comfortable shouldn’t have to break the bank. Rocky Mountain Power has four key steps customers can take this summer to use less energy and save money.

  1. Don’t add heat to your home with appliances and lighting. On hot days, avoid using the oven, dishwasher and dryer during the day. Incandescent lightbulbs also give off heat, so take advantage of daylight instead of artificial lighting – but avoid direct sunlight. It’s also a good idea to install efficient lighting that runs cooler and uses less energy.

  2. Close windows and blinds during the day. This will keep the heat from the sun out of your home. Be sure to open the windows at night and use the evening air to keep your home cool.

  3. Use fans. Air conditioners do a good job at cooling your home, but they also use a lot of energy. Fans keep the air moving and can make a big impact on making a room comfortable. Make sure you turn them off when you leave. Fans cool people, not rooms.

  4. Be AC savvy. Set your air conditioner to 78 degrees when you’re home, and 85 when you’re away. Running your AC at temperatures lower than 78 degrees can increase your electricity bill by up to 8 percent. Also, keep inside air vents clear from furniture and other objects.

For more wattsmart energy- and money-saving tips, visit wattsmart.com.
 

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