REDDING, Calif. - A few things come to mind when most people think about summer: barbecues, the lake and sky high electric bills.
We sat down with Redding Electric Utility’s electric program supervisor Nathan Aronson to learn what residents can do to avoid sticker shock this summer season.
“So one of the big things people can do is just get their air conditioner dusted off and ready to go,” he said. “We recommend changing the filters to make sure they're clean. People oftentimes don't do that often enough.”
Aronson recommends changing AC filters every 30 days.
It'll extend the life of your equipment and help you save energy and money in the long run.
He also recommends using the programmable functions of your thermostat if you're not already doing so.
“So that it's set to 78 degrees when they're home and sets back to 82 or 84 degrees during the day when a lot of people aren't home,” Aronson said.
He says turning your thermostat up two degrees can save you anywhere from 3 to 10 percent on your cooling costs.
Other energy saving measures you can do to lower your energy bill this summer is to replace your home's old incandescent bulbs with energy efficient LEDs which can reduce energy consumption by up to 90 percent.
“A 9-watt bulb costs about one penny to run for 7 hours,” Aronson said. “So that's pretty cost-effective compared to the incandescent bulbs.”
If your home has a lot of windows, blinds or curtains can help keep heat out of your home and take some of the load off your AC.
“So making sure those blinds are drawn during the day is an easy trick that you can do to reduce your cooling usage,” Aronson said.
Ceiling fans are also a good way to keep cool but there are some things to keep in mind.
“But as soon as you leave the room, the ceiling fan is just using energy,” Aronson said. “And it's not saving energy. So we recommend using fans as much as possible. But turn them off when you're not home or when you leave the room.”
And on that note.
One of the easiest things you can do to help conserve energy is turn off lights when you're not using them.
You can click here to download REU’s flyer with more energy saving tips.