Electric grids struggle during the summer, because people are using their air conditioning. Outside of electric water heaters, air conditioners are the appliance in the home that use the most electricity. One way to save money is to raise the temperature in the house later in the day, when it’s not as hot outside. This will keep the AC from running unnecessarily. Using window shades to block out the midday sun can also help cool the house down.
- Don’t set your AC below 68F and use “fan only” mode when possible.
- Remember that electric lighting, laundry machines, and washing machines all contribute heat.
- Also consider upgrading an old electrical panel and installing a generator to protect against outages.
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