PUCO Shares Summer Energy Conservation Tips

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Michaela Madison Reporting

(August 7th) Ohio – As the heat index outside rises, the consumption of energy to cool the inside of your home likely increases too and the PUCO is offering a few conservation tips.

Matt Schilling with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, says you have the ability to use energy wisely to better manage your bills.

Schilling offered the following tips to consumers:

  • During the day, block the heat from the sun by closing windows, doors and curtains.
  • To save money on cooling costs turn the thermostat up when you are away from home. Raising the temperature by 5 degrees for eight hours can reduce your cooling costs by 3–5 percent.
  • Look for an air conditioning unit that is ENERGY STAR® approved.
  • Avoid creating unnecessary heat and humidity in the house during summer days. Plan to do heat and moisture-creating activities such as washing dishes, doing laundry, bathing, and cooking before noon or after 8 p.m.
  • Limit the amount of time you run kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans. Only run them for as long as it takes to get rid of any odors to minimize losing cool air.
  • If you use a window air conditioning unit, make sure it fits correctly into the window to reduce the amount of cool air lost.
  • Consider using a window fan, which requires as little as 1/10 the amount of energy needed to run an air conditioner.
  • If furniture is covering vents and is affecting air flow, the air conditioning will have to work harder to reach the desired temperature.  Keep vents clear for maximum results.

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