Summer Tips

Cool off your summer electricity costs.

The scorching summer months mean your A/C has to work overtime, and your bill takes the heat. But if you focus on keeping yourself cool, your A/C doesn't have to do all the heavy lifting. These simple tips will help you beat the heat and lower your electricity bill — because no one should get burned by high summer bills.

Close out heat.

Reduce incoming heat by up to 33%. Simply close your blinds and turn them face up during the day.

Enjoy six degrees of savings.

Set your thermostat at 78°.You'll spend 6 – 18% less on cooling than if you kept it at 72°. You can also set it higher when no one’s home.

Keep the savings in.

Seal air leaks with caulking and weather stripping. It's one of the most cost-effective ways to save on cooling.

Ditch incandescent bulbs.

They radiate 90% of their energy as heat. Replace them with LEDs — these bulbs radiate 75% less heat and last up to five times as long.

Sleep cool from head to toe.

Rest your head on a cooling pillow — your head gives off more heat than you think. Also, use cotton sheets; they’re lighter and offer more ventilation.

Dive into relief.

A kiddie pool is an inexpensive way to keep both your little rascals and furry friends cool and happy all summer long.

Scrub faster. Save more.

Take shorter showers to reduce the amount of energy your water heater uses. And be sure to use the bathroom fan to get rid of heat and humidity afterward.

Feel fantastic.

Set your fans to run counterclockwise, keeping the warm air higher up. Also, fans cool people, not empty rooms. Turn them off when you leave and save up to 8% on cooling costs.

Additional Tips

  • Wash your clothes in cold or warm water to cut energy usage per load in half. Hang washed clothes outdoors or lay flat to dry inside.
  • Air dry dishes instead of using the dishwasher's drying heater.
  • Keep your fridge temperature between 35-38° and your freezer at 5°.
  • Use an automatic timer on your pool pump and limit to 8 hours of pumping per day.
  • This summer, go big on BBQ. Grilling outside keeps your kitchen cool and electricity costs down.
  • Change your filters at least once every three months and have your A/C equipment checked by a professional every year.