The dog days are truly here.
It’s expected that temperatures will hang around the century mark for the remainder of this week and through the end of the summer.
By now, your air conditioner is likely running almost constantly. Unfortunately, that translates into higher electric bills.
There’s no getting around the fact that higher temperatures equal higher bills. But commercial and residential CPS Energy customers can take steps to reduce the amount of energy used to help avoid sticker shock when you open your bill next month.
Residents seeking to reduce costs by controlling their a/c can do so with a programmable thermostat through our Smart Thermostat program or Home Manager, which allows customers to program their a/c, water heater and pool pumps.
Both programs are FREE and offer a high-tech way of saving energy and money.
Businesses can take advantage of Demand Response, a voluntary program that offers rebates in exchange for reducing energy use during the hottest part of the hottest days.
Doyle Jennings of Oak Hills Church estimated the church received refund checks of about $30,000 each of the last two summers, without affecting the congregation’s comfort.
CPS Energy uses Demand Response to reduce its own peak demand, which lowers overall costs to operate. That means customers who participate, either through commercial Demand Response, Home Manager or Smart Thermostat, are helping reduce everyone’s bills.
Through August 1 of this year, CPS Energy customers conserved a combined 118 megawatts of electricity — enough to power 29,500 homes.
Other options available to customers at cpsenergysavers.com include rebates for central air conditioners, attic insulation and more.
Below are some additional energy conservation tips – what are yours?
- Set the thermostat between 78° and 80° when at home and raise it 3° when you’re away. It’s best not to turn off central a/c unless you’re going to be away from home for more than three days. Window units can be turned on and off as needed since they’re generally used to cool off a smaller space.
- Typically an a/c unit will perform at its best when it is kept at a 20° difference from whatever the outside temperature is.
- Remember to check and change the a/c filter as often as every two weeks.
- Use oscillating and ceiling fans instead of lowering the thermostat setting – but remember to turn them off when you’re not in the room. They don’t cool, just move the air to make you feel cooler.
- Maintain an internal temperature of 37° and 40° inside your refrigerator.
- Keep the refrigerator door closed as much as possible.
- Seal air leaks around doors and windows.
- Install gaskets behind light switch plate covers to minimize air leakage.
We may not be able to control the weather, but we can do our best to control our energy use.
Stay cool out there!