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Wed July 3, 2013
Summer Energy Saving Tips... You Know You Want 'Em
It’s summertime and the livin’s easy, but in the South, we know that it’s down right hot. To save money on energy bills, try these tips.
- On sticky days, cook on your stove or grill outside rather than using your oven.
- Install efficient lighting that runs cooler. Only about 15% of the electricity consumed by incandescent bulbs result in light — the rest is turned into heat. To cut down on this, take advantage of daylight, but use window coverings to avoid direct sunlight.
- Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes and opt for air drying whenever possible.
- Take shorter showers using cooler water, and lower the water heater temperature to 120 degrees.
- Use the bathroom fan to get rid of heat and humidity from your home. If you use AC, a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about four degrees with no reduction in comfort.
- When you leave a room, turn everything off, even your ceiling fans. Ceiling fans cool people, not rooms, by creating a wind chill effect.
Follow these guidelines and you’ll stay cool while your pockets stay full. For more energy saving tips, see energy.gov.