Hot Weather Energy Conservation Tips
by Mason PUD 3 on
August 17, 2016
When the heat threatens to break the thermometer, it doesn't have top break the bank. Follow some simple hot weather conservation tips to save energy and keep cool.
(SHELTON, WA) -- If the heat pushes the thermometer to the breaking point, 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
For information about energy conservation programs, us at 360-426-8255 or check out Mason PUD 3's energy conservation lifestyle.