NV Energy Offers Simple Tips To Stay Cool And Conserve Energy
Courtesy of NV Energy
RENO – With the summer temperatures reaching reaching triple digits in recent weeks, NV Energy has tips for northern Nevadans to conserve energy and reduce power bills while keeping their homes cool and comfortable.
“Air conditioning typically accounts for the majority of your summer electric bill. So the easiest and most impactful thing we can all do to save energy in warmer months is to adjust our thermostat to a higher setting,” said Pat Egan, Senior Vice President of Customer Operations. “We recommend setting your thermostat to 78 degrees when you are home and 85 degrees when you are away.”
The following conservation tips can be applied anytime, but are even more important during the hot summer months:
– Purchase a programmable thermostat to automatically set your air conditioner to operate when needed and to shut down when it’s not needed, usually when home is unoccupied.
– Maintain your air conditioner by regularly changing air filters and cleaning condenser coils, making sure they are free from debris.
– Turn off all lights and appliances when not in use. Since we live in an extreme climate zone, it is important to curb energy consumption wherever possible.
– Replace incandescent light bulbs with more efficient LED bulbs, which can save approximately $7 per year on energy costs for each bulb installed.
– Use your dishwasher, clothes washer and dryer as late in the evening as possible, since these appliances add heat to your home and make your AC work harder.
– Use your outdoor barbecue, rather than your kitchen oven, when possible to prevent excess heat build-up in your house.
– Use portable electric fans and ceiling fans to keep yourself cooler while holding down energy costs.
– Close drapes and blinds during the day when the weather is hot. Open windows at night to allow cooler air inside to reduce the household temperature. (When opening ground level windows be sure to secure them against intruders.)
– Customers can also avoid spikes in summer bills by signing up for NV Energy’s Equal Payment Program, which takes a customer’s average power usage from the last 12 months and divides it into equal monthly payments.
For additional information on any of NV Energy’s payment and conservation programs including, Energy Star Lighting, Refrigerator Recycling and mPowered, visit nvenergy.com.
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