Don’t Let the Summer Heat Burn Your Cash

As temperatures rise, members depend even more on fans and air conditioners to keep cool. Follow these tips to reduce energy consumption and prevent higher energy bills:

  • Use ceiling fans, which can help rooms feel comfortable even if the air is set at 4 degrees higher than normal.
  • Use bathroom suction fans to remove heat and humidity during showers. Suction fans can also benefit kitchens and utility rooms, often the locations of heat-generating appliances.
  • Conduct regular maintenance for the climate-control system. Vacuum the registers of the climate-control system regularly to improve the unit’s efficiency.
  • Do not place TV sets or lamps near thermostats as heat from these items can trigger the air conditioner to run longer than necessary.
  • Keep coverings, like blinds, closed to reduce heat gain, especially on windows receiving direct sunlight.
  • Seal cracks around windows and doors to prevent hot air from seeping into the home.
  • Avoid using the oven during peak heat times.
  • Upgrade to more efficient lighting options such as LED or CFL, which burn cooler than traditional incandescent bulbs.

For more energy-saving tips and resources, visit our Energy Conservation section.