Extreme Temperature Tips
June 19, 2021
Extreme temperatures can often lead to rising energy use for customers as the need for air conditioning increases and HVAC sytems strain to keep up with highter demand. Though customers are unable to control the weather, there are several things they can control to reduce electricity use while keeping their homes cool and comfortable.
Implementing the following tips will help customers use electricity wisley during this period of high demand:
*Set thermostats as high as comfort will allow. Every degree a customer can increase the temperature in their home will result in using about 3 percent less energy during the summer. During sunny weather, close drapes or blinds on windows facing the sun to prevent direct radiant heating from impacting interior temperatures.
*Use fans - moving air cools skin faster, resulting in greater comfort on hot days.
*Use a programmable or smart thermostat to keep temperatures higher when no one is home and to reduce the temperature bufore arrival back home.
*Only operate window air conditioners when someone is in the room.
*Keep refrigerators and freezers as full as possible. Frozen or cold items in the refrigeratior help keep other items cool, reducing the amount of work the refrigerator must do to maintian a lower tmeperature.
*Close rooms that aren't used regularly during the summer, and close the air conditioning vents in those rooms, as well.
*Avoid using heat-producing appliances during the hottest hours of the day. The less heat produced at home, the less work the air conditioner will do.
*Consider investing in ENERGY STAR appliance or heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) sytems.
*Check air conditioner and furnace fan filters. Clogged filters waste energy and money by forcing HVAC systems to work harder than necessary.