8 ways to save energy during hot weather

SunshineThe heat is on, and our air conditioners are working extra hard. But there are some steps we can take to save energy while keeping cool.

  1. Check that cracks and leaks around the home are caulked and sealed.
  1. 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.
  1. Close curtains and shades to keep the hot sun outside, where it belongs.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. Avoid “energy hogs” like a garage refrigerator. It takes a lot of electricity to stay cold in an uninsulated, non-air conditioned area.
  1. 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.

Jodi Baker

About Jodi Baker

Jodi Baker writes stories and shoots videos for The Wire. Jodi was a television news reporter before she came to work for OPPD as a media specialist in 2013. She's married with two children (a boy and a girl), who keep her and her husband, Dave, hopping. Busy and blessed.

2 thoughts on “8 ways to save energy during hot weather

  1. Hi, Jodi I love your tips. Using curtains is so simple and efficient. Actually that is why they are made for – to prevent sun shining in the room. I am going to show your tips to my sister. She is so fond of following tips for efficiency. Thank you!

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