10 money-saving tips for the summer
As the Valley prepares for hotter temperatures in the coming months, and customers seek a reprieve, air conditioners will kick into high gear. Here are 10 ways to save both energy and money:
2. Close drapes and blinds to keep out the heat. Windows can account for nearly 50 percent of the heat that enters a home.
3. Bump up the thermostat. For every degree the thermostat is set above 80 degrees, it can add up to a savings of up to 3 percent on cooling costs.
4. Leave the air vents open. Closing air vents can create pressure imbalances in a home, resulting in increased air conditioning costs.
5. Restrict moisture-producing chores. Do moisture-producing chores such as washing clothes and dishes or mopping floors in the early morning or at night when it is cooler. Customers on one of SRP’s Time-of-Day price plans should do their laundry during the off-peak hours to help save money.
6. Set ceiling fans to blow downward during the summer to circulate air rather than lowering the thermostat. Turn fans off when leaving a room because fans cool a person, NOT the room.
7. Clean the pool’s strainer baskets and filters regularly to help pool pumps run more efficiently. Keep pool chemicals properly balanced. Balanced chemicals are more effective for clean water than operating the filter for longer periods.
8. Unplug small appliances in the kitchen and unused electronics around the house. Why pay for what’s not being used? “Vampire” appliances use electricity even when they are turned off, because they go into a standby mode rather than fully powering down. According to the Department of Energy, vampire appliances and electronics use up to 5 percent of the energy in an average home.
9. Install shade screens to help keep a home cool and comfortable. Plus, shade screens are an economical way to boost a home’s energy efficiency by keeping the AC from working as hard. SRP offers customer rebates of 80 cents per square foot on qualifying shade screens.
10. Install weather stripping and seals around doors and windows. That minimizes gaps and reduces heat loss, helps keep cooling costs down and saves energy.