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Cool tips to beat the heat and save energy   

  by  Katlin N.   on  6/10/2019

Ceiling FanThis 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.

Follow us on social media for more tips to beat the heat. Share your favorite ways to cool off and save energy this summer with #SummerEnergyTips on Facebook and Twitter!


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We have an energy star thermostat which we set at 77-78 degree. When the temp gets over about 88 outside we get the flashing green light and our thermostat presets to 80. This is so infurating and angering because we are expected to be uncomfortable while businesses keep their temperatures at 72 or so. I resent being the customer who is expected to be uncomfortable while stores are so cold you can’t wear a sleeveless top. I will continue to be comfortable In my home regardless of the flashing green light. Period.

Friday, July 20, 2018  4:39 PM  Linda

Hi Linda, thanks for checking out the tips. We want to help customers save energy, and our recommended settings will save energy. We also want our customers to be safe and comfortable, and that’s why we allow members of the Eco program to override the thermostat settings when needed. You may want to check out the program FAQs at

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Thursday, August 02, 2018  3:31 PM  Colorado Springs Utilities