An excessive heat warning has been issued from July 17-July 19. In addition to safety concerns outdoors, there are things to consider if you retreat to the indoors.
Hot weather not only causes the temperature outdoors to rise, but additional cooling costs can raise your electric bill as well. There are a number of things you can do to manage your energy use to minimize the impact of summer’s heat.
- Set your thermostat to the highest comfortable setting. We recommend a setting of 78 degrees.
- Change or clean your air filters monthly. A dirty air filter can make a cooling system work harder, which uses more energy. If you haven’t changed your filter in awhile, do it!
- Don’t cool an empty house. If you’ll be out and about, program your thermostat to adjust when you leave.
- Close the blinds. Shutting drapes and shades during the hottest part of the day can keep the sun’s rays from heating your house, especially for sun-facing windows.
- Grill outdoors. Cooking indoors creates a lot of heat. Fire up the grill outdoors or prepare meals that don’t require cooking. If you grill outdoors, hydrate!
- Use fans in occupied rooms. Fans circulate air to supplement air conditioning. Make sure they are set to operate in a counterclockwise direction. Remember that fans don’t actually cool the air indoors, but rather, the moving air feels cooler than stagnant air.
- Turn off unnecessary lights. And use energy-efficient light bulbs that use less electricity and emit less heat.
- Keep doors and windows closed. Keep the cool air inside.
And don’t forget, your SmartHub account management portal allows you to monitor your usage in real time. Keep track of where your costs are going on a daily basis, and compare your usage to your habits at home.
Have a safe week, and remember to take breaks and hydrate if you are spending time outdoors!