Energy Saving Tips from our Energy Experts at Franklin PUD!

Stay cool and save money!

by Stacey Azure

Things are heating up outside and that can mean big costs when it comes to cooling your home or office. Franklin PUD wants to help you save money by offering these summer energy saving tips:

Close your blinds or curtains, especially during the hottest part of the day. Consider installing thermal insulated curtains. They really do work to keep heat from radiating into your home.

Adjust your thermostat. Every degree you raise your thermostat can reduce your cooling costs.

Make sure your air filters are clean and change them as recommended by the system manufacturer. This will keep your air conditioner running well – dirty filters restrict air flow and can reduce your system’s efficiency.

Use ceiling and oscillating fans to create a “wind chill” effect.  The moving air makes the temperature feel cooler, and allows a higher air conditioner thermostat setting while maintaining comfort. Don’t forget to make sure your ceiling fan is turning counterclockwise in the summer. Just remember – fans cool people, not air – so be sure to turn them off when you leave the room.

Seal and caulk around windows, doors, electrical outlets, and plumbing fixtures. Leaving these areas unsealed allows the cool air to escape and can be as wasteful as leaving a window open.

If possible, block the sun by planting shade trees or installing awnings, pergolas, or removable exterior sun screens over windows exposed to direct sunlight. This can save you big dollars in cooling costs.