This summer, we want to help you stay cool and save energy. Here are a few low-cost/no cost ideas that everyone can do today to be comfortable all summer long.
Tips for keeping cool and saving energy
1. Drafts aren’t just a cold-weather concern. Test door frames, window seals and electrical outlets for warm air seeping in and cool air seeping out. Install caulking, weather-stripping and gaskets as needed.
2. Skip a sweltering kitchen by using oven alternatives. Cook indoors with a microwave or toaster oven, or grill food outdoors.
3. Bare windows are a bust for staying cool and saving energy. Room-darkening, energy-efficient curtains on all windows and glass doors are best. On summer days, close blinds and curtains to prevent solar gain.
4. Set your thermostat for savings: ENERGY STAR recommends 78 degrees when at home and 85 degrees or higher when away for more than four hours. Install a smart thermostat for long-term savings, and take advantage of our $50 rebate.
5. Clogged air-conditioner filters can lead to inefficient cooling and even the need for repairs. Check air filters every month, and change them when needed.
6. Decrease ambient heat from appliances like dishwashers and clothes dryers. Run only full loads in early morning or late at night, and line-dry fabrics outside.
7. Use ceiling fans to help keep cool. Be sure to switch fan rotation to counter-clockwise in the summer – this pulls air down and creates a breeze.
From Rocky Mountain snowmelt to your faucet, nothing refreshes like our tap water! Rather than waiting until it runs cold from the tap, use ice or a refrigerated pitcher for a crisp, cold drink.
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