Think Energy - For Your Home
July 01, 2014
Summer means vacations, fun in the sun and outdoor activities that can boost your energy level. As you get invigorated and recharged, it's also a great time to think about reducing energy – at home, that is.
Making just a few simple adjustments can lower your household's energy costs and put more money in your pocket. And who wouldn't want to have a little extra cash for that special getaway or family outing?
One easy way to save money is to take advantage of the City's many Energy Smart (e+) products and services. You can get rebates for natural gas and ENERGY STAR appliances and systems, such as AC units, refrigerators, freezers, water heaters, dishwashers and much more. Other options include free energy audits, low-interest loans, ceiling insulation grants and the Nights and Weekends pricing program.
Here are a few other tips:
- Adjust thermostats. Set the AC to 78°F or even higher when you're away. A 70°F setting rather than 78°F can double your operating cost!
- Choose the right AC fan setting. Make sure the air conditioning fan is set to "AUTO" not "ON" so the fan does not run continuously.
- Close shades, drapes and blinds during the day. This will help keep the house a lot cooler.
- Use fans instead of or in conjunction with the air conditioner. Your central air conditioner will use about 50 times more energy than a fan at medium speed.
- Change air filters. Change filters monthly during the summer. Dusty air filters will make your air conditioner work longer and harder to maintain the set temperature.
- Limit cooking in the oven or on the range. Cook in the microwave or on an outdoor grill rather than an oven, which heats up the kitchen.
- Schedule a free energy audit. A professional City energy auditor will come to your home to identify low-cost and no-cost ways to make your home more energy efficient.
For more information, call 891.4YOU (4968).