Summer Energy Saving Tips

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As summer temperatures soar, air conditioners work harder and often times drive electricity bills higher. Weatherford Electric wants to provide tools and tips to help you manage your bills, save money and conserve energy. You might see more electric usage from watering your lawn as well. 

Try these tips at home!

  • Set your thermostat at 78 degrees or higher in the summer. 
    • Raise the thermostat to 85 degrees when you are away for two hours or more.
  • Install LED light bulbs. 
    • ENERGY STAR® qualified LEDs use at least 75% less electricity, generate less heat, and last about 50 times longer than regular incandescent bulbs, and five times longer than Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs (CFLs).
  • Save while streaming. 
    • Streaming video on a game console uses 15 times more energy than streaming on digital media players. Streaming on a laptop uses four times more energy than streaming on a tablet.
  • Point fans in your direction. 
    • Fans blowing directly on you can make temperatures around you feel about 4 degrees cooler. Only keep fans on when you are in the room.
  • Clean your AC condenser/evaporator coils. 
    • Clean coils lower your energy costs, extend the unit's life, and provide cleaner air for you to breathe.
  • Keep debris and high grass away from the condenser. 
    • These obstacles block airflow, which makes the condenser work harder and run longer.
  • Close shades/curtains on windows hit by direct sunlight. 
    • This helps to prevent heat from getting indoors.
  • Provide shade for outside AC units. 
    • AC units shaded by trees or structures work more efficiently and use up to 10% less electricity.
  • Dim the Screen. 
    • Dim your televisions and computer screens to reduce energy use. Some TVs have a “home” or “standard” setting option to help. This can also help with eye fatigue.
  • Avoid turning on the oven during the hottest time of the day. 
    • Using a microwave or a slow cooker produces less heat.
  • Unplug appliances, chargers, and electronic devices when you are not using them. 
    • They use energy even when they are turned off. Turn off your lights when you leave a room.
  • Run your ceiling fan blades to fin counter clockwise. 
    • Running fans in this direct helps to push cool air downward.
  • Keep your blinds/shades closed. 
    • Keep your window coverings closed during the day to block out the sun's heat.