- Check that cracks and leaks around the home are caulked and sealed.
- Consider strategic tree planting. The OPPD forestry team can help you determine the best location to plant to keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
- Close curtains and shades to keep the hot sun outside, where it belongs.
- Set ceiling fans to the counter-clockwise position. This can lower the room temperature by three or four degrees. Only use a fan in the room you’re in. Keeping it on when you leave uses energy, but it does nothing to cool the rest of the house.
- Keep thermostats at the highest comfortable temperature. Having a thermostat set at 78 degrees is 59-percent more efficient that when it’s set at 72 degrees.
- Try to run appliances, such as the washing machine, dryer and dishwasher, in the early morning or late at night. Avoid running them between the peak usage hours of 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The more electricity used during these times, the more strain is put on the electric system. Cutting back on peak usage delays the need to build a costly new power plant, keeping your rates low. OPPD’s Cool Smart Program is one way you can get paid to help reduce peak usage.
- Avoid “energy hogs” like a garage refrigerator. It takes a lot of electricity to stay cold in an uninsulated, non-air conditioned area.
- Curious what other appliances may be using too much energy? Check out one of OPPD’s Watt Detectors, free energy-measuring gadgets, from any Omaha library.
More energy saving tips and tools are available at oppd.com.