Tips for Enduring a Late Summer Heat Wave

This has been a really hot summer, and it isn’t done with us yet.

Case in point: Georgia has now experienced 57 days of temperatures above 90 degrees since May. Other states aren’t doing much better.

Here are some simple summer tips to save money and energy include:

Think Thermostat – Set manual thermostats to 78 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer for peak efficiency and make the most of programmable thermostats, which help decrease energy use based on your lifestyle.

Use your Fans – A ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting by as much as four degrees with no reduction in comfort.

Air Vents – To maintain consistent temperatures throughout your home, keep air vents and registers clear of obstructions such as furniture, curtains and rugs.

Trim Plants and Change Filters – To ensure your unit receives proper air flow, change any filters and trim plants outside your unit.

Pool Planning – Pool pumps can use a significant amount of energy when running constantly. Operate pool pumps the minimum number of hours needed to keep the pool clean and invest in a timer to control hours of operation. Also, consider using a pool cover for additional energy savings.

Fire Up the Grill – Reduce the temperature inside your home by using an outdoor grill or smoker instead of indoor ovens and stoves.

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