Just because winter is over doesnâ€™t mean it is time to neglect looking at ways to continue to save in energy costs during the summer. The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) is offering tips on how to stay cool this summer while you keep your cool when your utility bills arrive. Here are a few of the top tips that appear at http://www.michigan.gov/som/0,1607,7-192--144160--,00.html
- Clean air conditioner filters and coils every month to make them more energy efficient
- Use a programmable thermostat. Setting it 10 degrees warmer when not at home can save 3 to 5 percent on electric bills
- Use fans? They can make the use of an air conditioner unnecessary. Ceiling fans, for example, can make a room feel six to seven degrees cooler
- Lower the temperature on the hot water heater to 120 degrees, a setting comfortable for most uses
You might also want to check out the Department of Energyâ€™s website for energy saving tips at www.energysavers.gov.
Edison Electric has a list of 100 tips on saving energy at http://www.eei.org/industry_issues/retail_services_and_delivery/wise_energy_use/100Ways.pdf .