- Set your air conditioner thermostat as high as comfortable – we recommend 78º or higher when you're home. Use a smart thermostat to automatically adjust the temperature.
- Have your central air conditioner tuned up and clean or replace filters monthly for efficient operation.
- Keep blinds and curtains closed during the day. Open windows during cooler evening hours.
- Use ceiling and portable fans to stay comfortable.
- Minimize indoor heat in the afternoon: run the dryer and dishwasher at night on hot days and let your dishes air dry. Use a microwave, toaster oven or outdoor grill instead of the oven.
- Set your water heater to 120º and use efficient showerheads.
- Wash clothes in cold water and clean the lint filter in the dryer after every use.
- Unplug appliances and electronics when not in use. To make it easier, plug home electronics, such as TVs, DVD players and computers into advanced power strips.
- Remove, or unplug, extra freezers or refrigerators if you can, especially if they spend the summer outdoors or in a garage.
- If you have a pool, consider upgrading to a variable speed pool pump to save on energy costs. Also be sure to keep the intake grates clear of debris.
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