The heat is officially on and as these hot summer months continue, it’s important to understand the best ways to maintain cool temperatures in homes and businesses while saving money and energy. Con Edison offers the following tips for the homes/businesses:
• Turn off air conditioners, lights and other appliances when not at home and use a timer to turn on air conditioners about a half-hour before arriving home;
• Make sure air conditioner filters are clean so the units will run at peak efficiency;
• Set thermostats to the highest comfortable temperature. Each degree lower increases cooling costs by 6 percent;
• For those with a room air-conditioning unit, close off the rooms not being used; for those with central air, block the vents in un-used or vacant rooms;
• To reduce heat and moisture in apartments or home, run appliances such as ovens, washing machines, dryers and dishwashers in the early morning or late at night when it’s generally cooler outside. Use a microwave to cook, or barbecue outside, if possible;
• Keep shades, blinds and curtains closed. About 40 percent of unwanted heat comes through windows. Simply drawing blinds and curtains, which act as a layer of insulation, can reduce heat in your apartment or home;
• Try using fans instead of air conditioners, but be sure to leave windows open for ventilation. Fans use as little as one-tenth the energy as air conditioners.
• Set computers to go to “sleep” after 20 minutes of inactivity.
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Small business owners may also improve their business’s energy efficiency through Con Edison programs exclusive to small and local businesses. Learn more here