Mason PUD 3 Hot Weather Energy Tips
by Mason PUD 3 on
June 21, 2017
Keeping cool when the heat is on.
Here are some ways to save on electricity, keep comfortable, and avoid increased energy costs:
- Don't overdo it by cranking up the air conditioning. Set it at a comfortable level, and then set it at a higher temperature when you are away from home. For every degree raised on your air conditioning unit's thermostat, you can save as much as three percent on cooling costs.
- Use ceiling fans or portable fans to keep air circulating throughout your home. If your home doesn't have an air conditioner, moving air can make it feel cooler. If you are using an air conditioner, fans can allow you to use a higher cooling temperature on your thermostat.
- Close curtains or blinds to retain cooler air and block out the sun.
- If the temperature cools down at night, open your windows, turn on your fans and let the evening air circulate. This will freshen up the house and bring down the temperature inside.
- Turn off unnecessary lights during hot weather. They add heat to the home. Energy efficient LED lights can provide light at a fraction of the cost and they generate much less heat than incandescent bulbs.
- Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed. Minimize the amount of time the doors are open when taking things out of cold storage.
- Don't use appliances that use large amounts of energy or generate heat until later in the evening. This includes appliances such as stoves, dishwashers, clothes washers, or dryers. So, when possible avoid using the stove when preparing meals. Using the microwave, barbecuing outside, or preparing salads, fruit dishes, sandwiches and other such low-prep meals may help.
- Take care of your pets. They'll need food and plenty of water during hot weather. For outdoor pets, move them to a cooler place if possible.
- Children, the elderly and those who are ill may be at most risk from hot weather. Find ways to help them keep cool and hydrated during this heat wave.
- Check on your neighbors who may be in this risk category to see if they need assistance.
- Schedule an energy audit from PUD 3. The free energy audit can pinpoint problem areas that may be energy hogs during hot and cool weather.
- A well-insulated house with efficient appliances can mean lower energy consumption and a more comfortable home.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
- Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.
- Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
- Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat.
- Take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors.
For information about energy conservation programs, us at 360-426-8255 or visit our energy conservation page.