As the weather forecast shows heat and humidity in Pennsylvania this week, the Public Utility Commission Tuesday reminded consumers to conserve energy with Twitter #WaysToStayCool.
Consumers can view the Summer Heat Wave fact sheet on the PUC website. Consumers also can follow the Commission on Twitter (@PA_PUC) for tips on how to reduce energy bills despite rising temperatures.
Check out #WaysToStayCool to track pointers such as:
— On hot and humid days, set your thermostat at 78 degrees when you are home and 85 degrees or off when you are away for long periods of time.
— If you have window air conditioning units, close off rooms not in use.
— Make sure all air conditioner filters are clean and in good shape.
— Turn off non-essential appliances and as many lights as possible.
— Postpone using appliances that produce heat such as clothes dryers, dishwashers and stoves until after 7 p.m. These appliances also use significant amounts of electricity adding to the demand on an electric infrastructure that is already stressed during peak hours due to heat.
— Keep drapes closed and shades drawn. The amount of energy required to cool your home will be considerably less.
— Use ceiling fans to circulate the air, keeping rooms and you cooler;
— Replace filters monthly for maximum benefit and check air and return vents on a regular basis to keep circulation air paths clear.— Relax in rooms that do not receive direct sunlight.