Summer Tips

Cool off and save with these simple tips.

Perfect your setting.

Try setting your thermostat at 78° when you’re home and higher when you’re away. You’ll save with every degree you raise it.

Close out heat.

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

Wash clothes in cold water.

When you wash a load of laundry, 90% of the energy used is to heat water.

Don’t cool the neighborhood.

Even though people and pets are in and out, make sure doors stay closed. Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors shut tight too.

Give the water heater a vacation.

If you’ll be away for more than three days, turn your water heater down or turn it off.

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 to save on cooling costs.

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.

Additional Tips

  • Replace incandescent bulbs with LEDs—these bulbs radiate 75% less heat and last up to five times as long.
  • Use cotton sheets to stay cool; they’re lighter and offer more ventilation.
  • Seal air leaks with caulking and weather stripping. It's one of the most cost-effective ways to save on cooling.
  • 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.