The heat is on outside and your air conditioning is probably running overtime inside. This could result in high utility bills.
PSE&G offers the following tips that could help conserve energy and save you money!¬†
- Turn off everything you are not using; lights, tvs, computers, etc. Use dimmers, timers and motion detectors on indoor and outdoor lighting.
- Set a programmable thermostat to your daily and weekend schedule. Raising your thermostat from 73 to 78 degrees can save you as much as 15% in cooling costs during the summer.
- Close blinds, shades and draperies facing the sun to keep the sun‚Äôs heat out and help fans and air conditioners cool more efficiently.
- Check the weather-stripping and caulking around doors and windows. Eliminate air leaks between window air conditioners and windows with foam insulation or weather-stripping.
- Close doors leading to un-cooled parts of your home. With central air, close off vents in unused rooms.
- Use fans to draw cooler air inside during the night and circulate air during the day. Even if you have air conditioning, ceiling and other fans provide additional cooling and better circulation so you can raise the thermostat and contain air conditioning costs.
- Delay heat-producing tasks such as washing and drying laundry or dishes until later in the day, and wait until loads are full.
- Refrain from using nonessential appliances. Unplug or use only when necessary an extra refrigerator.
- Replace your four most used 100 watt incandescent bulbs with four comparable 23 watt compact fluorescent bulbs. Energy Star labeled compact fluorescents work well almost anywhere regular bulbs are in use and can save you a significant amount of money over their lifetime.
For more energy saving information, visit pseg.com/saveenergy