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TIP OF THE MONTH - OCTOBER

The average household owns 24 electronic products, which account for roughly 12% of home energy use. When shopping for electronics, consider purchasing ENERGY STAR®-certified products, which can be 70% more efficient than conventional models.

Summer Efficiency

 

 

When extreme hot temperatures put stress on the electrical grid, there are ways we can all help by being more efficient in our use of electricity. Cooling costs can soar during this time, and being more energy efficient help cut back on energy expenses.

The Energy Education Council provides tips on efficient ways to keep cool in hot weather:

  • Trim back foliage at least two feet around the air conditioner, and remove debris from nearby the unit. This will ensure that airflow to the unit is not blocked.
  • While your air conditioner is in use, replace your filter each month.
  • While the air conditioner is running, always close windows and doors to increase efficiency.
  • Use ceiling fans to make use of the wind chill effect while you are home. Set them to spin counterclockwise during warmer months so that they push air down and make you feel cooler.
  • Use the outside air to your advantage. Open your windows at night to let cooler air in. Avoid unnecessary trips outside that would let in midday heat.
  • Use curtains and blinds to keep sunlight out on hot days.
  • Dress in loose, lightweight clothing.
  • Set your thermostat as high as is comfortable when you are home. The smaller the difference between the thermostat and the outside temperature, the less energy used. Use a programmable thermostat to adjust your home’s temperature based on your schedule. It can automatically keep your home cooler while you are there and warmer when you are away.
  • Check for cracks and gaps around windows and doors and seal them with caulk and weather stripping.

Winter Efficiency

 

 

When extreme hot temperatures put stress on the electrical grid, there are ways we can all help by being more efficient in our use of electricity. Cooling costs can soar during this time, and being more energy efficient help cut back on energy expenses.

The Energy Education Council provides tips on efficient ways to keep cool in hot weather:

  • Trim back foliage at least two feet around the air conditioner, and remove debris from nearby the unit. This will ensure that airflow to the unit is not blocked.
  • While your air conditioner is in use, replace your filter each month.
  • While the air conditioner is running, always close windows and doors to increase efficiency.
  • Use ceiling fans to make use of the wind chill effect while you are home. Set them to spin counterclockwise during warmer months so that they push air down and make you feel cooler.
  • Use the outside air to your advantage. Open your windows at night to let cooler air in. Avoid unnecessary trips outside that would let in midday heat.
  • Use curtains and blinds to keep sunlight out on hot days.
  • Dress in loose, lightweight clothing.
  • Set your thermostat as high as is comfortable when you are home. The smaller the difference between the thermostat and the outside temperature, the less energy used. Use a programmable thermostat to adjust your home’s temperature based on your schedule. It can automatically keep your home cooler while you are there and warmer when you are away.
  • Check for cracks and gaps around windows and doors and seal them with caulk and weather stripping.