TOLEDO CHRONICLE - CEDAR RAPIDS- Alliant Energy is reminding customers some simple steps can make staying cool easier and more affordable during this extreme heat.
“With the hotter weather, most people’s top priority is staying cool,” said Jeanine Penticoff, director of Alliant Energy’s energy efficiency department. ”You can be comfortable and also be energy efficient. For example, for every degree your air conditioner is turned up, your energy usage decreases six to eight percent.”
Alliant Energy offers the following actions customers can take to reduce their electricity consumption safely and comfortably:
·Set the thermostat to 78 degrees or higher.
·Turn your air conditioner off when no one is home, or use a programmable thermostat to regulate the temperature based on your schedule. Don’t have a programmable thermostat? Alliant Energy gives Cash-Back Rewards on the purchase of a qualifying one. Go to alliantenergy.com/rewards and find out how you can earn up to $25 back!
·Change out dirty air conditioner filters.
· Use ceiling fans or portable fans - a fan can make you feel 3 to 4 degrees cooler, so you can set your thermostat a few degrees higher and save on cooling costs. Fans do not cool homes, so turn them off when you leave the room.
·Close window blinds, shades and drapes during the day, especially on the south and west sides of your home.
·Use heat-generating appliances like ovens, dishwashers and laundry appliances in the early morning, later evening, or not at all.
· Turn off lights you aren’t using.
· Avoid opening refrigerators and freezers more than necessary- know what you want before opening the door. Fridges work by moving heat from inside the unit to outside the unit.
·Use cold water for doing laundry and air dry your clothes outside.
· Ensure doors and windows are sealed properly. Any light through the door indicates outside air is coming into the home.
·Keep registers and cold-air returns clear of furniture and drapes.
·Avoid using stoves and ovens. Instead, use a microwave oven or outdoor grill. Using a microwave verses a stove can save up to 70% in energy costs.
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To find out an estimated calculation of how much you might pay per month on a Budget Billing plan or to enroll in this program, please visit alliantenergy.com/youraccount.