Tips to Save Energy During the Heat Wave

Emily Archacki
July 02, 2018 - 1:51 pm

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTIC) – The first heat wave of the year is underway, and high temperatures are expected to continue throughout the week in Connecticut.

How can you keep not only your home temperature low, but your electric bill as well?

Eversource, New England’s largest energy delivery company, is offering tips on how you can conserve both energy and money.

“We prepare well in advance of the summer months to ensure our system is ready to handle the additional electricity needs that come with a heat wave,” said Eversource President of Regional Electric Operations Craig Hallstrom. 

By following some of the steps below, customers can find not only relief from the heat but in their wallets as well.

Keep air conditioners at a moderate temperature. Turning your unit up once you arrive home actually uses more electricity.  Temperature timers and programmable thermostats can help manage air temperatures and costs when you are away from home.

Clean air conditioner filters and coils. At least every three months, coils and air conditioner filters should be cleaned. A dirty filter can reduce efficiency, block air flow and is unable to deliver cool air as easily as a clean filter.

Maintain open air flow. Don’t block air vents with items such as rugs, curtains or furniture. If you have central air or floor vents try using vent deflectors to increase and direct the reach of the cooled air.

Seal off cracks and gaps. If there are any cracks and gaps in the walls of your home, seal them. They can also be found as well in and around door and window frames and electrical outlets. By preventing cool air from escaping you not only save on the amount of air you are cooling, but also prevent hot outdoor air from coming into your home.

Evenings are best for large appliance use. Thinking of running the dishwasher or putting on a load of laundry? It’s best to save those tasks for later in the evening or even early mornings to conserve energy. This allows you to prevent significant strain on your electric system, as during those times of day the energy demand is less.