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."

Direct Energy offers ten simple tips under ten dollars to lower your energy bill this summer, without having to resort to wearing a swimsuit indoors.

                        Tip                           Cost
                        ---                           ----
    Turn off air or close vents in
     unused rooms and shut the doors.
     Don't lose money cooling rooms
     that aren't in use.
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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