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PUCO provides tips for saving energy

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COLUMBUS — As the heat index outside rises, the consumption of energy to cool the inside of a home likely increases too. With the help of these tips from the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), Ohioans have the ability to use energy wisely to better manage their bills.

During the summer, the electricity used to run air conditioning and appliances can be costly. The PUCO encourages state residents to take the following steps to help their households stay cool:

  • During the day, block the heat from the sun by closing windows, doors and curtains.
  • To save money on cooling costs turn the thermostat up when away from home. Raising the temperature by 5 degrees for eight hours can reduce cooling costs by 3-5 percent.
  • Look for an air conditioning unit that is Energy Star© approved.
  • Avoid creating unnecessary heat and humidity in the house during summer days. Plan to do heat- and moisture-creating activities, such as washing dishes, doing laundry, bathing, and cooking, before noon or after 8 p.m.
  • Limit the amount of time kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans operate. Only run them for as long as it takes to get rid of any odors to minimize losing cool air.
  • Those who use a window air conditioning unit, make sure it fits correctly into the window to reduce the amount of cool air lost.
  • Consider using a window fan, which requires as little as 1/10th the amount of energy needed to run an air conditioner.
  • If furniture is covering vents and is affecting airflow, the air conditioning will have to work harder to reach the desired temperature. Keep vents clear for maximum results.

For more information on conserving energy or for any utility-related concern, visit www.PUCO.ohio.gov or call the PUCO Call Center at 800.686.7826.

POSTED: 07/30/16 at 5:49 am. FILED UNDER: News