Evansville, Ind. – With the official start of summer underway, Vectren is reminding customersto consider ways to conserve energy to help manage summer energy bills.
Below are some simple tips to savemoney and keep your house or business cool during this period of extreme heat:
- Regularly clean and/or replace your air conditioner filter to help your unit run at full efficiencyand supply better air flow.
- Clear leaves and other debris away from your air conditioner’s condensing unit on the outsideof your home and hose off any accumulated dirt.
- Dial up the thermostat. For each degree the thermostat is raised for a sustained, 8-hour period,you can save 1 to 3 percent in cooling costs. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends a summer thermostat setting of no lower than 78 degrees.
- Reduce energy costs and increase comfort with a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostatcan maximize your energy savings without the hassle of manually adjusting your thermostat. Vectren customers with natural gas service are eligible for a $20 rebate when purchasing a programmable thermostat. Visit www.vectren.com/conservation for details.
- Close storm windows and doors to keep hot air out and cool air in.
- Minimize the use of ovens, stoves, washers, dryers and other major appliances that generateheat inside the home when used. When you must use them, choose the late evening.
- Reverse the direction of your ceiling fan. By changing the direction to counter-clockwise inthe summer, the fan will circulate the cool air. With this cooling effect, you can raise the thermostat three to four degrees and feel just as comfortable.
- Keep in mind that ceiling fans cool people, not rooms. Ifthe room is unoccupied, turn off the ceiling fan to save energy.
- Close your blinds or curtains to keep sunlight out. The sun’s rays will warm your home and causeadditional air conditioning use.
- Sign up for an on-site home energy assessment through Energizing Indiana by visiting www.energizingindiana.comor calling 1-888-446-7750. By completing a home energy assessment, a trained energy professional will help analyze the efficiency of your home through a 1 to 2-hour walk-through. He/she will look at the age of your appliances, check your insulation levels andany air leakage issues, assess your home’s lighting, etc. and then provide a detailed report on how to cut energy costs. While on site, the technician will also install CFL bulbs, low-flow faucet aerators and low-flow showerheads, if desired.