As Connecticut faces another sweltering day and people turn up their air conditioners, demand for electricity continues to soar.
During these scorching days of summer, Eversource wants customers to know how they can help decrease their monthly energy bills by increasing their energy efficiency efforts with some easy, no-cost and low-cost tips.
Increase the temperature on air conditioners. Keep air conditioners set at a moderate temperature throughout the day. Cranking it up after work uses more electricity. Wise use of programmable thermostats or temperature timers can help keep costs manageable, especially when away from home.
Keep air conditioner filters and coils clean. Clean air conditioner filters and coils at least every three months. Dirty filters block air flow, reducing efficiency and making it harder to deliver the cool air.
Use air conditioning and fans together to keep energy costs low. According to ENERGY STAR®, setting thermostats just two degrees higher than normal on hot days and using ceiling fans for circulation can lower air conditioning costs by up to 14 percent. Turning the ceiling fan blade to the reverse setting creates a downdraft and “wind chill” effect, making the room feel cooler. Since ceiling fans cool only people and not the actual room, remember to turn them off when leaving the area.
Seal home cracks and gaps. Seal cracks or gaps in walls and outlets, and window and door frames, to keep cool air from escaping and letting hot air in. Using clay caulking cord or regular gel caulking makes this an easy D-I-Y project.
Cook dinner outside. Cooking indoors inevitably heats up the kitchen and makes cooling systems work harder, so opt for cooking outdoors instead. Aside from just grilling, today’s gas grills make great ovens, too. A closed grill lid and a properly adjusted temperature can result in a perfectly cooked meal.
Eversource’s energy efficiency expert, Enoch Lenge, offers additional tips on saving energy and money at www.eversource.com.