- Run major appliances like the dishwasher and washing machine early in the morning or late at night.
- Adjust your dishwasher so the dishes dry without heat.
- Set the thermostat to 78 degrees or higher, and use a fan to circulate the cool air. Cooling costs are typically 60 percent of your total utility bill. For every degree you set the thermostat below 78 degrees, you use two to five percent more electricity.
- Turn off ceiling fans when rooms are unoccupied. Ceiling fans are designed to work on a "wind chill" effect. If no one is in the room, it isn't cooling.
- Avoid using the stove or oven on hot days. Instead, use the microwave, grill outdoors or throw together a cold summer meal.
- Add insulation to your home. It's the most efficient way to control the amount of energy you need to keep your home cool.
- Apply weather-stripping or caulking around doors and windows so cool air can't leak outdoors.
- Clear outdoor air conditioner units and heat pumps of debris and shrubbery so they can work more efficiently.
- Change or clean your air conditioners' filter as recommended by the manufacturer. Dirty filters reduce efficiency by restricting airflow. Changing or cleaning your filter monthly can yield an additional 10 to 20 percent saving in cooling costs.
- Close drapes or blinds during the day to keep heat-producing sunlight out.
- Close the damper on your fireplace.
- Unplug unnecessary electric appliances and equipment.
- Keep exterior doors closed as much as possible.
- Turn off unnecessary lights and switch off unwatched televisions.
- Dial down the electric water heater to no more than a 120 degree setting.
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