• Keep curtains, blinds and shades closed to keep the sun’s radiant heat out of the indoors. About 40 percent of unwanted heat comes through the windows. Drawing the blinds and curtains acts as a layer of insulation.
  • Turn off all unnecessary lighting and unplug other appliances not being used.
  • Raise the thermostat setting on your central air conditioning to at least 76 degrees. Each degree higher will save more on air conditioning costs. A 15-degree difference between outside and indoors will provide plenty of comfort during the warm day. Keep the thermostat setting at a constant level throughout the day and raise it higher when away from home.
  • Use fans to circulate cool air. Attic fans, ceiling fans and portable fans make it easier for the air conditioner to provide the desired comfortable temperature.
  • Avoid using appliances that generate more heat and humidity. Use the microwave or outdoor grill rather than the kitchen oven and stove, if possible. Run the washer, clothes dryer, and dishwasher in the early morning or late evening hours when it’s generally milder.
  • Keep doors to the outside, garage or attic firmly closed to keep cool air in and hot air out.

Contact your licensed electrical contractor Lauterborn Electric for all of your electrical needs.