Milwaukee – Brutal heat and humidity are heading for Wisconsin this week. Follow these tips to stay cool and save money on your summer energy bill.
- Keep the sun out. Close shades, blinds and curtains on the sunny side of your house during the day to keep the house cooler.
- Adjust your thermostat. When you are at home, set it a few degrees higher to save energy. When you’re away, set your thermostat 7 to 10 degrees above your normal setting. It can help you save up to 10% on your energy bill.
- Turn down the heat by delaying heat-producing activities such as cooking, drying and ironing until evening or when the weather cools.
- Leave the thermostat fan switch on “auto” so that the fan only runs when the air conditioner is running. Setting the fan to “on” makes it run all the time.
- Manage your energy expenses with Budget Billing. Budget billing spreads your annual charges more evenly over 12 months.
- Seal cracks and gaps around windows, doors and siding with caulk and weatherstripping. This keeps cool air in and warm air out.
- Use pedestal and ceiling fans, even if you have air conditioning. Circulating fresh air gives a feeling of freshness. Ceiling fans should spin counterclockwise in the summer.
- Install a programmable thermostat and schedule it for hours when you’re away and sleeping. Take it to the next level and get a smart thermostat that automatically adjusts your home’s temperature settings for maximum energy efficiency. Our partners at Focus on Energy have great options and discounts.
- Schedule regular tune-ups for your air conditioner. Seasonal maintenance keeps equipment running safely and efficiently and saves money in the long run. Pair your air conditioner with a dehumidifier to reduce the humidity level in your home.