We received this friendly email from CPS thanking us for being part of the CPS Peak Savers program. They are probably receiving an influx of inquiries from residents in the program complaining their utility bill is still high even though they are in the Peak Saver program. It’s only meant to be of guidance though; you still need to be disciplined and follow their suggestions as well as be conscious of the fact that we are receiving record high temps, so everyone is feeling the pinch. Anyways, I think the email was well written. Yes, it’s hot outside but doesn’t mean we need to make it freezing inside!
They suggest these additional tips to help better control your energy use this summer.
- When at home, close blinds and drapes that get direct sun, set air conditioning thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, and use fans in occupied rooms to make it feel cooler.
- When away from home, set air conditioning thermostats to 85 degrees and turn all fans off before you leave. Block the sun by closing blinds or drapes on windows that will get direct sun.
- Do not use your dishwasher, laundry equipment, hair dryers, coffee makers, or other home appliances during the peak hours of 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Turn off all unnecessary lights, appliances, and electronic equipment.
- Use microwaves for cooking instead of an electric range or oven.
- Set your pool pump to run in the early morning or evening instead of the afternoon.
How your central air conditioning system performs depends upon a number of factors, including:
- how well your home is insulated
- the efficiency your system
- the outside temperature
- the temperature setting on your thermostat
- the heat your home gains through the attic, windows and walls