May 16

Financial tips focus on energy savings

Date: May 16, 2018 | Category: News

Summertime is around the corner, and it already feels hot and muggy outdoors. That means air conditioning in your home, but it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. Here are five simple ideas to save you money this summer.
This information comes from Kansas City Power and Light.
1. Use a ceiling fan or other circulating fan. It can make you feel 6 or 7 degrees cooler. A fan
doesn’t cool a room, it just makes it more comfortable. Remember to turn it off when you leave
the room to avoid pointless energy costs. If you also use an air conditioner, a ceiling fan helps
disperse cooled air more efficiently and allows you to raise its thermostat by as much as 4
degrees, with little or no discomfort.
2. Run your AC more economically. Setting your AC as high as is comfortably possible and
using a programmable thermostat to increase temperature when you’re out, or asleep, could
easily decrease your summer cooling bill by 10%. If you are coming into a hot house, it does not
cool it off faster to set the thermostat to a cooler temperature than normal.
3. Maintain cooling systems. Changing the filters regularly on a unit will help save energy costs
by 5% up to 15%. Also make sure your outdoor unit is clear of leaves and obstructions.
4. Avoid heat buildup during the day. Whenever the outdoor temperature exceeds the
temperature inside your home, try to avoid activities that generate a lot of heat, such as cooking
on the stovetop and using the dishwasher or clothes dryer. By simple avoidance, you’ll save
money on electricity and what it would cost to make that AC work overtime.
5. Close curtains, blinds and shades. Whatever your treatments, you’ll see significant savings
if you keep them drawn all day. You could see a decrease in heat by 45%.
To see if you qualify for Low Income Home Energy Assistance programs, contact Penny at
1-800-748-7826.