Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Due to extreme heat: Help Conserve Energy!

This week it is estimated that the weather will reach somewhere in (or above) the 110* degree range. Yuck! California Independent System Operator (Cal ISO) is asking people to conserve energy today.

"Cal ISO suggested to use less electricity during the peak hours between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., and to set home thermostats to 78 degrees or higher. Also, avoid using large appliances that require more energy." -KCRA.com

Here are some tips to help you stay cool and save energy.

*Close your drapes or shades.
Windows are one of the largest sources of heat gain in your home. Although not as effective as exterior shading, keeping your drapes and shades closed during the day helps keep unwanted heat out of your home.


*Use ceiling fans wisely.
Ceiling fans create enough air movement in a room to make it feel cooler by four degrees or more.

*Ventilate when it's cool outside.
Most areas of California have cool, dry nights even after the hottest days. Cut your cooling costs by opening windows when it's cooler outside than inside. In the morning, close up the house to trap the coolness inside.

*Replace your air conditioning filters once a month.
Dirty filters restrict airflow and can cause the coil in your air conditioner to freeze up significantly increasing energy use. Saving up to 5% of cooling costs.


Here is an additional list of "Powerful Habits", things you can do to help conserve energy.

After all of your energy saving hard work, treat yourself to some ice cream...just don't let it melt on you!


(photo by: MegandDavid via Flickr.com)






2 comments:

Kristen said...

Good ideas. We decided instead of leaving our dog inside all day with the AC running and wasting electricity, we got her a dog kiddie pool to play in out back during the day when it's hot! More fun for her, saving money for us! By the way, she loves the pool, she just lays in it all day!

Run Your Car On Water said...

Problem of heat and ventilation is difficult to tackle in summer season.