The City of Ashland Electric Department and Conservation Division urge customers to conserve electricity to keep comfortable and safe while avoiding increased energy costs during this weekís hot temperatures. With temperatures anticipated to reach well over 100 degrees this week, below are some energy conservation tips that will help keep your use and your bill lower and assist the Electric Dept in keeping the system running smoothly for the community.
Donít overdo it by cranking up the air conditioning. Set it at a comfortable level, and then set it at a higher temperature when you are away from home. Itís estimated that for every degree raised on your air conditioning unitís thermostat, you can save as much as 3 percent on cooling costs.
Use ceiling fans or portable fans to keep air circulating throughout your home. If your home does not have an air conditioner, moving air can make it feel cooler. If you are using an air conditioner, fans can allow you to use a higher cooling temperature on your thermostat.
Close curtains or blinds to retain cooler air and block out the sun.
If the temperature cools down at night, open your windows, turn on your fans and let the evening air circulate. This will freshen up the house and bring down the temperature inside.
Turn off unnecessary lights during hot weather. They add heat to the home. Energy efficient fluorescent bulbs can provide light at a fraction of the cost and they generate much less heat than incandescent bulbs.
Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed. Minimize the amount of time the doors are open when taking things out of cold storage.
Donít run appliances that use large amounts of energy or generate heat until later in the evening. This includes appliances such as stoves, dishwashers, clothes washers, or dryers. Therefore, when possible avoid using the stove when preparing meals. Using the microwave, barbecuing outside, or preparing salads, fruit dishes, sandwiches and other such low-prep meals may help.
Take care of your pets. Theyíll need food and plenty of water during hot weather. For outdoor pets, move them to a cooler place if possible.
Children, the elderly and those who are ill may be at most risk from hot weather. Find ways to help them keep cool and hydrated during this heat wave. Check on your neighbors who may be in this risk category to see if they need assistance.