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Have a sustainable summer

As summer temperatures begin to creep up, you may see your energy use increase as you try to keep cool. Check out these five easy sustainability tips to help you keep costs low when temps are up

  1. Unplug your second refrigerator or freezer.
    There’s nothing better than a cold beverage on a hot day. That’s why many families keep a second fridge in their garage or basement to hold extra drinks or to hold extra food for parties. However, most of these spare refrigerators are at least 10 years old and use a lot of energy. If you have a second fridge, consider retiring it or plugging it in only when you really need it. Bonus: Iowa Alliant Energy electric customers can have their old working refrigerators picked up and recycled for free!
  2. Wash your laundry in cold water.
    Enjoy the feeling of jumping into a cool pool? Why not give your clothes the same treatment? Most of the energy consumed doing laundry is used to heat the water—that’s a lot of heat (and money) washed down the drain. Save by washing laundry with cold water. Look for detergents specifically formulated for cold water. Your clothes will still get as clean as before, for a lower price.
  3. Use your microwave instead of a conventional oven.
    When reheating food or cooking smaller dishes, use your microwave. You can save up to 50% of your energy usage by using a microwave instead of a conventional electric oven. It’s an easy way to save energy and cooks your food much faster.
  4. Use ceiling fans, but only when you are in the room.
    Ceiling fans are synonymous with summer. They help you feel cooler during the summer months by moving the air around you, speeding up the evaporation of moisture on your skin so that you feel cooler. Ceiling fans cool the people in the room – not the air – so be sure to turn them off when you leave the room.
  5. Set your thermostat up in summer.
    Air conditioners use a lot of power, so every degree warmer you can tolerate in your house will save you energy and money. On average, for every degree you turn up your thermostat, you save about 3% on your energy bills. Alliant Energy offers rebates up to $100 on learning thermostats. 

    No matter how you choose to stay cool this summer, incorporating some smart sustainable practices into your normal routine can help you keep cooling costs down. Alliant Energy is dedicated to making sustainability simple and accessible for everyone—learn more about how you can get involved on our website.
Dana is a Content Strategist specializing in renewable energy. With over a decade of experience crafting thought-leading informational content, she’s passionate about spreading the message of Alliant Energy’s Clean Energy Blueprint and sustainability efforts.

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