Summer Energy Saving Tips

Window coverings can prevent heat gain through your windows.

By Ryan Davies
Energy and Customer Services Supervisor

Summer is upon us, and that means a change in seasons for Central Oregon residents.  This week we look at steps to take to ensure you are ready for summer, with a mindset on energy efficiency.

GETTING READY

  • Ensure your foundation vents are open. One common item that is forgotten is your foundation vents.  Be sure to open them, or remove the plugs.  It is important to allow the crawlspace to breath during the warmer months of the year.
  • Schedule regular maintenance for your cooling equipment. Ensuring your system is in proper functioning condition can avoid a headache when the heat hits.  If you need a contractor, our Heat Pump Program Contractor List is a great resource.
  • Spring is a great time to clean in uncommon areas. One place to ensure is clean is your registers and fans.
  • Check and replace the air filter in your heating and cooling system. If your system has the option, simply rinse the reusable filter and re-install.

KEEPING IT COOL

  • Utilize the climate we live in, instead of your cooling system. We live in a climate that cools off at night.  Turn off your cooling system at night and open your windows to allow the cool breeze to provide your cooling needs.  Learn more about natural ventilation.
  • When you wake up in the morning, shut the windows and blinds to retain the cool air.
  • Install window coverings to prevent heat gain through your windows. Learn more about window treatments and coverings that can improve energy efficiency.
  • Be sure to use the bathroom fan to remove the heat and humidity from your home after taking a shower or bath. Utilizing the fan in your laundry room, when washing and drying laundry, can also help.
  • On hot days, when possible avoid using the oven. Consider using an outdoor grill.
  • Minimize use of appliances which generate heat, such as lighting, computers, dishwashers, and televisions. All of these will add some heat to your home.

THINK EFFICIENCY

  • Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible; even a few degrees can make an impact in your cooling costs.
  • A programmable thermostat can allow you to keep your house warmer than normal when you are away. It can then be set back when you are at home and need cooling.
  • Utilizing a ceiling fan will allow you to circulate air, and produce the effect of wind chill. Be sure to turn off the fans when you leave the room (fans cool people, not rooms).

Learn more about energy efficiency and all of the programs Central Electric has to offer at our website.