Summer Energy Conservation Tips
To conserve power follow these power industry recommendations:
- Set your central air conditioner (CAC) for 25°C when you are home, and 28°C when away. Or if you can, turn it off.
- Consider installing a programmable thermostat so that you can have your furnace or air conditioning run only when you are at home. Most power is consumed by heating and cooling, so adjusting the temperature on your thermostat is the biggest energy conservation measure you can take.
- When shopping for a new central or window air conditioning, consider the newer ENERGY STAR-qualified models, which are up to 70% more efficient than older models.
- Service your central air system annually.
- Ceiling fans help keep rooms cool so you can turn the CAC down or off. They also use less electricity than your CAC. A ceiling fan only requires 10% of the electricity needed to run compared to a window air conditioner. The fan blades can be rotated to move the air downward in the summer to produce a cool breeze.
- Use an air conditioner only when you are home. If you want to cool down a room before you arrive home, set a timer to have it switch on no more than one-half hour before you arrive home.
- Clean or replace air-conditioner filters regularly. Dirty filters restrict airflow and increase energy use
- Do not set the thermostat at a colder-than-normal setting when you turn on your air conditioner. It won't cool your home any faster and could result in unnecessary energy expenditure and expense.
- Keep window coverings closed during the day in summer.
- Clean warm-air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators as needed; make sure they're not blocked by furniture, carpeting, or drapes.
- Close windows when the cooling system is on.