Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Summer Energy Tips for Home and Business

Summer is here in the Treasure Valley of Idaho, and so is the heat. It will get to 100 degrees today and high 90's the rest of the week. When the temperatures rise, cooling can be the largest part of summer electric bills. The Idaho Power Company has provided these tips to help you be energy efficient.



FOR YOUR HOME
Adjust your thermostat up to 78 degrees, or use natural ventilation to cool during the night.
When practical, use your microwave or barbecue grill instead of your stove top or oven.
Use a clothesline or a clothes drying rack when possible. (Who knew)
Turn off fans when you leave the room. Fans cool people, not rooms.

FOR YOUR BUSINESS
Make sure your thermostat program direct digital control system is programmed properly.
Evaluate and replace outdated lighting.
Install occupancy sensors in all enclosed offices, small spaces and meeting rooms.

FOR BOTH HOME AND BUSINESS
Close your blinds on south-and west-facing windows during warm summer days to keep out un-wanted heat and reduce air conditioning use.
Tune up your HVAC system. Get you system serviced regularly and  replace air filters.

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