Temperatures across southern Colorado are heating up and that means energy use is on the rise as well.
As temperatures increase it takes more energy to keep your home cool, and that can mean a higher energy bill each month.
Black Hills Energy offers these tips for keeping that summer energy bill down as the heat ramps up.
1) Dirty filters could mean wasted energy. To keep your HVAC system running efficiently, and not any harder than necessary, check and change your air filter monthly. This will prevent stress on the equipment, reduce the chances of breakdown and lead to lower energy bills.
2) Run your big appliances strategically. Minimize indoor heat by running appliances, such as your dryer or dishwater, only at night. As a best practice, avoid using any heat-generating appliances between 2-8 p.m.
3) Make your ceiling fans do some of the work. Make sure your ceiling fan is set to spin counterclockwise, to pull air upwards, letting the cooler air sink while the hot air rises. To further conserve energy and decrease consumption, always turn your ceiling fans off when no one is in the room.
4) Mind your windows. For natural ventilation, turn off your cooling system and open your windows when it’s cooler at night. During the day, keep the windows, blinds, and drapes closed, to prevent heat from entering your home.
You can find more information here: www.energy.gov