Hot, hotter, hottest. While that’s the outlook for this week of high temperatures, you shouldn’t have to sweat your electric bill. Chelan County PUD provides five quick tips for saving:
1) Let your house breathe. Poor ventilation can trap warm air inside your home, so use your bathroom and cooking range exhaust fans. Ceiling fans are another energy-efficient way to circulate air, plus they allow you to keep the thermostat about 4 degrees higher.
2) Use windows to your advantage.Open your windows at night to let in cool air and keep blinds closed during the day to keep the sun out. Upgrade to energy-efficient windows and you may be eligible for a PUD rebate.
3) Turn up the thermostat. Keep your home’s thermostat around 78 degrees during the day and if comfortable, turn the AC off before going to bed. “Smart” thermostats can save energy by automatically adjusting to your personal schedule — and can earn you a $75 rebate. Find out more here.
4) Have your heat pump or air conditioner serviced.Outdated heat pumps and air conditioners can raise heating and cooling costs. Upgrade to a new energy-efficient unit and receive a rebate of up to $1,400 from Chelan PUD. More info here.
5) Wash clothes in cold water.Heating water accounts for about 90 percent of your washing machine’s energy use, so use cold water instead.
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(By Kimberlee Craig)