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Simple Steps to Avoid High Summer Cooling Costs

PHOTO: Ceiling fans are a good option for staying cool in the summer, but experts says it's a waste of energy to use them when you are not in the room. Photo credit: Pippa Lou/Morgufile.
PHOTO: Ceiling fans are a good option for staying cool in the summer, but experts says it's a waste of energy to use them when you are not in the room. Photo credit: Pippa Lou/Morgufile.
June 23, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS – Summer is officially here, and warmer weather typically translates into higher energy bills. But experts say some simple measures can go a long way toward reducing energy costs.

Anthony Swinger, director of external affairs with the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, says summer is typically the most expensive time of year for electricity customers. To lower energy costs, Swinger says keeping the thermostat at the warmest comfortable temperature.

"It's a good idea to raise the thermostat a few degrees when you go to bed at night, or if no one is going to be home for five hours or longer," he says. "Programmable thermostats are not expensive and you can set it up to do the job for you without you even having to think about it."

Swinger advises against using exhaust fans because they can quickly pull cool air out of a home, and says mobile phones can "eat up" electricity when they are plugged in but not in use. He recommends using a power strip and turning it off when the phone is charged.

According to Swinger, keeping blinds and shades closed can prevent the sun from heating the inside of a home, and while ceiling fans are helpful in keeping cool, there are a couple of things to consider before turning them on.

"Make sure the ceiling fan is set to turn counter-clockwise, and use the ceiling fan only when you're in the room," he says. "If nobody's in the room it doesn't make sense to have the ceiling fan on."

Swinger says making the switch to energy-efficient light bulbs is another seemingly small thing that can add up to energy savings.

"If you're using an LED Bulb or a CFL bulb you're using a bulb that's using a lot less energy than a traditional incandescent bulb," he says. "The other thing is that LEDs and CFLs give off very, very small amounts of heat."

He also suggests regular maintenance for heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, and maintaining a clean air conditioner filter.

Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service - IN