Time to Beat the Heat!
The summer sizzle in Texas is almost here. How can you stay cool without breaking the bank for your electricity? The Public Utility of Texas shares ways to save with these Hot Weather Energy-Saving Tips:
- Set your thermostat at 78°F or higher - every degree of extra cooling will increase energy usage six to eight percent.
- Use ceiling fans and portable fans to circulate the cool air.
- Install patio covers, awnings, and solar window screens to shade your home from the sun. Shade south and west windows with plants or trees to block the heat during the summer.
- Close interior blinds, drapes, or shades to block the sun and heat during warm weather.
- Use a clothesline instead of a clothes dryer.
- Outside air conditioning units, or condensers, should be shaded.
- On warm days raise your thermostat to 80°F or higher if leaving for more than four hours.
- Remember - Setting your thermostat to a lower temperature than normal will not cool your home faster.
- Try to save heat and humidity-generating activities (cooking, laundering, and dishwashing) for early morning or evening hours.
For more helpful info, take a look at AL&P's great energy saving tips on our site at americanlp.com/waystosave.
Another great resource for reducing your energy use all year long is available at energy.gov.