July 22, 2011
Don’t Let Heat Exhaustion Affect Your Wallet During the Heat Wave
CHICAGO, July 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- With record breaking temperatures being recorded across the nation many states are officially declaring the first heat wave of the season. Shorts, tank tops and flip flops are a must in the battle to keep cool. Air conditioners are also a major player in keeping Americans cool, which also means higher energy consumption and ultimately higher cooling bills.
"Recent temperatures have been through the roof, and with the kids home on summer vacation, overall energy consumption is typically much higher," said Cory Byzewski, vice president & general manager for Direct Energy. "But you don't have to break out into a sweat about your energy bills. By implementing a few easy tips, you can keep your summer energy costs in check without having to sacrifice on comfort."
Tip Cost --- ---- FREE Turn off air or close vents in unused rooms and shut the doors. Don't lose money cooling rooms that aren't in use. FREE Close curtains or blinds on windows that are receiving direct sunlight to keep the heat out of the house. $2 - $8/bulb Replace the light bulbs in your home to compact fluorescents. CFLs use up to 75% less electricity than a incandescent bulb and can last ten times as long FREE Increase your air conditioner temperature by 2 degrees. Your air conditioner uses three to five percent more energy for each degree that your air conditioner is set below 75 degrees. Set your thermostat at 77 degrees to provide the most comfort at the least cost. $2.50 - 7.95/Door Weather Stripping Seal your doors, windows and air ducts with weather stripping or caulk. Up to 30% of cooling can be lost through holes and cracks throughout your home. This can save you up to $150 a year on your energy bills. $2/Caulk FREE Unplug vampire electronics when not in use - items like cell phone, iPod, and computer chargers tend to suck energy even when they are not being used. With 10-40 of these in each home, American's spend the equivalent of one month's worth of energy bills on these devices. FREE Defrost your freezer regularly. When ice builds up, your freezer uses more electricity Microwaves use substantially less energy than ovens. Use one when cooking and reheating items. Even better, use the outdoor grill and have yourself a summer barbeque. FREE FREE If you're going to be away from home for a long time, say, on summer vacation, turn the temperature up. Better yet, turn the air conditioning unit off. $0.75 - $10/per filter Clean or replace your air conditioner's filter every month. Not only will it prevent wear-and-tear on your system, it can save up to 5% on your energy bills.
For more energy efficiency tips and information, please visit www.directenergy.com and navigate to the About Us, Committed to Energy Efficiency section. Energy efficiency products noted can be purchased at Direct Energy's online store.
About Direct Energy
Direct Energy is one of North America's largest energy and energy-related services providers with more than 6 million residential and commercial customer relationships. Direct Energy provides customers with choice and support in managing their energy costs through a portfolio of innovative products and services. A subsidiary of Centrica plc (LSE:CNA), one of the world's leading integrated energy companies, Direct Energy operates in 45 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia and 10 provinces in Canada.
SOURCE Direct Energy