Summer 2018 is significantly warmer than a normal summer and summer 2017.
Hotter days mean higher electricity usage and higher bills.
Take control of your electricity usage
Review your usage history
Log in to My Account and review your electricity bill from this time last year. Does your monthly usage (kWh) look similar? If it appears drastically higher than last year, consider what has changed that may be driving up your usage.
Customers use more electricity in the summer
- AC usage is up substantially in 2018 compared with a normal summer and summer 2017
- Hotter temperatures mean air conditioners are working harder to keep our homes cool – the larger the gap between the outside temp and your desired in-home temp, the harder your AC needs to work
- School’s out! More time may be spent at home during the summer months with appliances, electronics and lights being used throughout the day
- Pool pumps and heaters can use a lot of energy depending on how frequently they run
- When major appliances like refrigerators, air conditioners and dehumidifiers are not functioning well, they can use substantial amounts of electricity
Ways to save
- Turn up your thermostat –Talk with your family about setting it to 78 degrees when you are home, as high as possible so you can comfortably sleep, and off while you are away . Consider a smart thermostat to take the guess work out.
- Close the shades – Keep unused rooms cooler by keeping the shades closed.
- Clean or change your AC air filters – Your air handler will not have to work so hard to push air through a clogged filter, and that saves energy. Your air quality will also improve.
- Clear space around your air vents – Move any furniture that may be blocking vents so air can circulate more efficiently.
- LED lighting – Upgrade any incandescent bulbs to LEDs. They don’t emit heat, which keeps your home cooler, and use 75 percent less energy.
- Seal windows and doors – Hot air enters and cool air escapes through leaks in doors and windows. Consider weather stripping or caulking to close the leaks. Talk to a contractor if you need help.
- Get an AC tune-up – Have a professional contractor tune up your AC unit to keep it performing at its best.
- Unplug unused electronics – Electronics and small appliances that are off but plugged in are still using power. Unplug things you don’t use frequently and consider using Smart Power Strips to manage your entertainment center and gaming devices.
- Use your oven less – Your oven can make your whole home hotter, causing your AC to work overtime. Slow cookers, microwaves, pressure cookers and toaster ovens create less heat.
- Use cold water – Take colder showers, wash clothes in cold water and check to make sure your water heater is set at 120 degrees.