Summer Is Coming - Stay Cooler for Less
Posted May 28, 2014


Summer will be here on June 21st, something we all welcome with open arms. We've already experienced the higher temperatures to come, so here are some reminders on how we can curb the higher electric bills that are also on the way.

Use ceiling fans to cool off for less, setting them to turn counter-clockwise in the summer. Make a habit of turning them off when you leave the room. Ceiling fans cool people, not rooms.

Consider signing up for your power company's EPP (equal payment program). The cost of your power bill will be assigned an average per month payment amount, which is based on the last years usage. At the end of each year it's averaged again. Signing up for the EPP can help do away with those extremely high bills throughout the year, and if your bill is over or underestimated, you settle up at the end of each year. Check your power company's website for more information.

Block the sun from overheating your home by using shades, blinds and curtains. Light colored curtains will allow light in while blocking rays from the sun.

Is your thermostat directly in the sunlight during any part of the day? This added heat will bring the air conditioning on quicker. Consider raising the temperature on your thermostats by a few degrees to save money.

Close exterior doors and windows tightly when the air conditioning is on. Open inside doors so that cooled air is distributed evenly throughout the house. If you don't think your air conditioner is running as efficiently as it should, have the unit checked by a professional.

Change or clean your air conditioning filters about once a month to help it run at its best. If you have central air, you can close vents in the rooms that you don't use. In the rooms you do use, make sure the vents aren't blocked by curtains or furniture.

Heat rises in a home. Keep this in mind when setting thermostat on all levels.

Posted By: Michelle Keaton-Barrow
May 28, 2014 10:38 PM




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