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City of Plano Neighborhood Services

Posted on: August 27, 2019

Stay Cool and Save Energy This Summer!

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Here are some tips to help cut costs during summertime:

  • Set your thermostat as warm as comfortable (for every degree below 78°, you use 5-10% more energy).
  • Adjust your ceiling fan to rotate counter-clockwise, which creates a wind-chill effect on your skin.
  • Cook on the grill instead of the oven or stovetop, which can raise your kitchen’s temperature by 10°.
  • Use your bathroom and kitchen fans to remove the heat and humidity caused by showering and cooking.
  • Run appliances (dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, etc.) at night when it’s cooler. Run full loads, and consider air drying dishes and clothes.
  • Wash with cold or warm water, and take shorter showers. 90% of the energy used by your washing machine goes toward heating water.
  • Close all windows, blinds and curtains during the day.
  • Install weather stripping or caulking around your doors and windows.
  • Replace incandescent bulbs with light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs. LEDs last about 10x longer and produce 4x more light for the same amount of energy.
  • Change air filters regularly (a dirty filter makes the HVAC system work harder).
  • Have your HVAC system inspected, serviced and cleaned on an annual basis to maintain performance.
  • Make sure there are no tiny holes in your air ducts that could cause your air conditioner to work harder.
  • Increase insulation to R-19 for walls and floors, and R-38 for the attic.

For more summer home maintenance tips, visit PlanoNeighborhoods.org

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