With hot temperatures come high energy bills from air conditioning, pool pumps and electronic devices. Electricity costs more on hot summer afternoons so follow some of these tips and visit GreenSantaClarita.com for more energy saving ideas.
Adjust Your Thermostat
During peak hours or when you’re not home, remember to set your thermostat at 78° or higher.
Keep Cool With Ceiling Fans
Running a ceiling fan while your air conditioning is on (when you’re at home) will allow you to raise your thermostat about 4°F but still feel comfortable.
Clean or Replace Your Air Filter
A dirty filter forces your air conditioner to work harder, wasting money and energy.
Pre-Cool in the Morning
Open the windows in the morning to pre cool the house and then keep windows and doors closed during the heat of the day to prevent the loss of cooled air.
Delay Heat-Producing Activities
To avoid heating up your home on hot days, postpone using heat-producing appliances like the oven, dishwasher, clothes washer and clothes dryer until cooler times of the day. Turn off television screens and computers when not in use.
Run Full Loads and Wait Until After 6 p.m.
Run your dishwasher and clothes washer only when fully loaded and wait until after 6:00 p.m. to use these and other major appliances.
Unplug battery chargers, power strips (those without a switch) and other equipment when not in use.
Consider Signing Up for the Summer Discount Plan
You can earn electricity bill credits when you participate. Visit SCE.com/summerdiscount for more information.