Green Tip of the Month: Summer Conservation
Keep the hot sun out of your home — keep the windows and blinds closed during the day, and at night, turn off the AC and open the windows. Use room or ceiling fans whenever possible and when using the AC, turn the thermostat to 78° F or higher and use the “energy saver” feature to maintain the temperature. Make sure to clean out the filter every month.
Be water wise
Schedule activities that require hot water and large energy use, such as washing dishes or clothes, to early morning or late evening in order to keep from adding more heat and humidity to the home. Install a low-flow showerhead, which uses less than three gallons a minute. If you’ve got a lawn or garden, water it only in the evening when evaporation is less likely to occur.
Take advantage of energy saving offers
Con Edison offers a $25 rebate for purchasing a new Energy Star room air-conditioner before August 29, and $50 for a more energy efficient refrigerator. You can also get a free smartAC kit to control your room AC remotely. Visit coned.com/energyefficiency for more information.
Did You Know?
A typical central air conditioning unit uses 3,500 watts of energy when running, while a typical ceiling fan uses 60 watts of energy, even when running on high.