CPS Energy says today will be "peak energy demand alert day." Customers are being urged to conserve energy between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Officials say they may also have to issue alerts later this week as well as high temperatures remain in the 90s.
ENERGY CONSERVATION AND EFFICIENCY TIPS
1. Set your thermostat at 78 degrees or higher. Bump it up a little more if you are leaving home.
2. Remember the "20-degree rule" that air conditioners are designed to cool your home up to about 15-20 degrees lower than the outside temperature. If the difference between the outside temperature and your thermostat setting is more than 20 degrees, then your air conditioner will run nonstop!
3. Maintain your air conditioning unit with seasonal tune ups and change filters monthly during the hot summer months.
4. Use fans & point them in your direction to feel 4-6 degrees cooler. Set ceiling fans to run counter-clockwise in the summer.
5. Lower window shades and blinds when they are in direct sunlight.
6. Avoid using large appliances like ovens and clothes dryers. Cook outdoors on a grill & line dry your clothes when you can.
7. Turn off lights and unplug televisions, game consoles, and other equipment when you leave a room. Use power strips to make this quick and easy. All electrical devices use some power when connected to an outlet and can generate heat when they are turned off, but still plugged in.
8. Limit your use of the vent fans above your stove and in your bathroom because they pull in hot outside air, making your AC work harder.
9. Refrigerator and freezer tips: Keep your fridge & freezer full because a full fridge uses less energy. Set refrigerator temperature between 37° & 40° degrees Fahrenheit. Set the freezer between 0° & 5°. Make sure the seal around the door is airtight & keep the refrigerator coils clean from lint and dust. Don’t keep a refrigerator in a non-air-conditioned space because it will have to work harder to keep cool.
10. Replace traditional incandescent light bulbs that use a lot of energy to produce light, generate heat, and are no longer manufactured. Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), halogen incandescent bulbs, and light-emitting diodes (LEDs) may initially cost more than traditional incandescent bulbs but they save you money during their lifetime because they use less energy. CFLs and LEDs are great for use in outdoor lighting fixtures that are sometimes left on for a long time and may be exposed to weather.
- For more information on conservation, visit CPS Energy's website.