Summer Energy Savers

Smart Settings

One of the most commonly asked questions during the summer is how high to set the thermostat. You can cut your air conditioning costs by 5 percent to 7 percent for each degree you raise your thermostat setting.

If the outside temperature goes up, don’t lower your air, raise it! As long as your thermostat is set at 15 degrees less than the outside temperature, you will be comfortable. Experts suggest that most people should be comfortable with a setting of 78 to 82 degrees.

If you’ll be away from home for 4 hours or more, set the thermostat to 82 degrees or turn off the system. If you’ll be away for fewer than 4 hours, it’s less expensive to just leave the system on.

Fill the Cracks

Cool air is lost through cracks in your home even when you cannot see the holes. Start by walking around the exterior of your home and look for gaps and openings that could be caulked. For example, water spigots, dryer vents, window casings, swamp cooler vents, around storm doors or thresholds—all would be a good place for silicone caulking. You can also use spray-in foam that will expand and fill the void in hard to reach places. Don’t forget to seal off doorways like attic crawlspace entries and garage door openings.

Water Heater Temperature

120 degrees is an acceptable water temperature that should still provide ample hot water for most homes.

Lawn and Garden Safety Tips

As the weather becomes warmer and days are longer, we spend as much time as we can outdoors enjoying our backyards. Many of us tackle do-it-yourself projects and others are happy just being outside. But, to be safe, it is important to remember the following safety tips when doing outside jobs, especially if you have children:

1. Keep children inside the house or well away from the area you are mowing.

2. Before you mow, check the area for broken sticks, stones, toys and anything else that could shoot out from under the mower or damage the blade.

3. Wear goggles and hearing protection.

4. Never reach under the mower unless it is turned off and the blade has completely stopped turning.

5. If you run out of gas, stop and let the engine cool down before you add more. Gasoline vapors can easily catch on fire.

6. Read the labels of things you use for your lawn and garden. If you see the words “Caution,” “Warning,” “Danger,” “Poison,” or “Keep Out of Reach of Children,” these products can be dangerous for children. Store them in a place with a lock.

7. When using a chain saw, make certain it is equipped with an anti-kickback chain that is well sharpened.

8. Pick up all garden tools such as rakes, spades, forks, pruning clippers, files and metal plant stakes when not in use.


Christina Skelly

Christina Skelly

Phone 760-717-2857