Energy-Saving Tips for Your Home During Warm Weather

Energy-Saving Tips for Your Home During Warm   Weather

Turn your thermostat up. During warm weather, set your thermostat as high as possible, given health and comfort considerations and drink plenty of fluids. Turn thermostats to 78 degrees when at home; 85 degrees when away. Use fans to circulate cool air.  

Close your drapes or shades.  Windows are one of the largest sources of heat gain in your home. Although not as effective as exterior shading, keeping your drapes and shades closed during the day helps keep unwanted heat out of your home.  

Ventilate when it’s cool outside.   Most areas of California have cool, dry nights even after the hottest days. Cut your cooling costs by opening windows when it’s cooler outside than inside. In the morning, close up the house to trap   the coolness inside.   

Use ceiling fans wisely.  Ceiling fans create enough air movement in a room to make it feel cooler by four degrees or more. They use only about as much energy as a 100-watt light bulb. Since you will feel cooler, make sure that you turn up your thermostat to 80 degrees or higher to save on your energy costs.   

Eliminate wasted energy. Turn off lights in unoccupied rooms. Unplug or recycle that spare refrigerator in the garage if you dont truly need it this seemingly convenient way to keep extra drinks cold adds 10-25% to your electric bill. Remove the refrigerator door for safety reasons and to prevent mold.   

Use appliances efficiently. Do only full loads when using your dishwasher and clothes washer. Run your appliances during off peak hours or after the sun goes down. Be sure to   clean your clothes dryer’s lint trap after each use. Use the moisture-sensing   automatic drying setting on your dryer if you have one. When replacing these appliances, buy Energy Star products. They save up to 30 percent over standard   models.   

Plug leaking energy in electronics.  Many new TVs, VCRs, chargers, computer peripherals and other electronics use electricity even when they are switched off. Although these standby  losses are only a few watts each, they add up to over 50 watts in a typical home that is consumed all the time.


If possible, unplug electronic devices and chargers that have a block-shaped   transformer on the plug when they are not in use. For computer scanners, printers and other devices that are plugged into a power strip, simply switch off the power strip after shutting down you computer.