Summer Energy Tips

As the season turns, homes and businesses are preparing for the onslaught of energy bills as air conditioning and fans become a necessity.

The US Department of Energy offers some energy saving tips for spring and summer. It explains that windows can be used to keep cool air inside while protecting a room from exterior heat. The website says:

  • If you live in a climate where it cools off at night, turn off your cooling system and open your windows while sleeping. When you wake in the morning, shut the windows and blinds to capture the cool air.

  • Learn more about natural ventilation.

  • Install window coverings to prevent heat gain through your windows. Find out about window treatments and coverings that can improve energy efficiency.

Energy Saving Tips for Small Appliances

  1. Instead of using the oven, cook with small appliances when possible. Toaster ovens, slow cookers and electric skillets all use less electricity.
  2. By shortening cooking time, you reduce energy use. A microwave is a great example.
  3. Maintain air filters by cleaning or replacing them regularly.  Clogged filters are less effective, and result in longer usage of the unit. Air filters are found in appliances like vacuum cleaners, humidifiers and exhaust hoods.
  4. Run cold water for disposal. Energy is used to heat warm water. Col water also solidifies grease, allowing it to pass through the garbage disposal and pipes with greater ease.