Summer Energy Savings Tips

The American Public Power Association and Heartland Consumers Power District want to help consumers stay cool without breaking the bank this summer. Follow these simple steps to increase your energy efficiency, keep your home comfortable and keep your bills down. 

Temperature
Set your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher when you aren’t home and reduce your water heater to 130 degrees to keep energy use down. Also consider setting your refrigerator between 36 and 39 degrees and keeping your freezer between 0 and 5 degrees to save even more.

Fans

Well-placed fans can help circulate cool air and make your home feel cooler without increasing air conditioning costs. Keep in mind that fans are only beneficial when someone is using that space and should always be turned off when you leave the room.

Filters

Cleaning or replacing air conditioner filters helps to maximize your cooling system’s efficiency and will help keep energy bills down.

Leaks

Check all weather-stripping and seals around windows, doors and duct work for air leaks. Seal any leaks that allow cool air to escape with caulk or by replacing weather-stripping.

Curtains

Close shades or blinds on east, north and south facing windows that get a lot of sunlight during the day.

Cooking

Plan meals that can be made on a grill, in the microwave or prepared in advance to avoid using the oven or stove during the hottest parts of the day.

Insulation

Proper insulation keeps warm air from sneaking into your home. If the insulation in your walls and attic isn’t doing its job, installing insulation that works is an investment worth making and will pay off year-round.

Cleaning

Only washing full loads of laundry and dishes is a simple switch you can make year-round to save money and energy. if you’re looking to go the extra mile this summer, try washing loads only on a cold setting and avoid using appliances during the hottest part of the day.

Air Conditioning

Keeping your air conditioner running efficiently is a must-do during the summer months. Clearing the area around outdoor units of weeds or other items and cleaning filters will help keep your system in tip-top shape.

Trees

Planting or maintaining trees on the east and south side of your home can create a natural sun shade and help lower the amount of sunlight that shines through your windows and warms your home.

Information from Heartland Consumers Power District
June 2018