5 Steps to Reduce Your Summer Energy Use

As the mitten heats up, below are five steps you can take to save energy and money now:

  1. Commit to your A/C cooling people, not rooms.
    • Close doors and registers to unused areas.
    • Set your thermostat at 78 degrees when you’re home and higher when you’re away.
    • Leave your home altogether to take advantage of public spaces like theatres, libraries and malls.
  2. Keep your home from getting hotter.
    • Close drapes, shades and blinds during the day.
    • Avoid using appliances that generate a lot of heat, such as stoves and dryers. If you must use them, do so in the morning or evening. ­­­­
  3. Go with the flow with fans. A ceiling fan costs less to operate than air conditioning. During the summer, run it in a counter clockwise direction (as you look up at it) so it can create a downward breeze.
  4. Chill out with your refrigerator and freezer’s energy use.
    • Set the refrigerator temperature to 34-37 degrees and freezer temperature to 0-5 degrees.
    • Open your refrigerator and freezer’s door sparingly. Pro-tip: the next time you open the fridge/freezer, take a photo of its contents with your phone. That way, you have a quick reference of exactly what’s available without opening the doors.
  5. Cut down your water use.
    • In the bathroom:
      • Set your water heater temperature no higher than 120 degrees.
      • Limit shower length to 5-7 minutes
    • In the pool:
      • Reduce your water heating temperature to 78 degrees or lower.
      • Don’t run your pool pump longer than necessary. Start with a filtration time of 6 hours per day. Water doesn’t appear clean? Gradually increase the time in half-hour increments.
      • Invest in a pool cover. Pool covers minimize evaporation and reduce pool heating costs. Savings of 50-70% are possible according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

To get even more useful suggestions on reducing your energy use and lowering your bill, visit http://www.ConsumersEnergy.com/saveenergy. Take advantage of our energy efficiency programs and rebates at http://www.ConsumersEnergy.com/myhome.