Hot weather has arrived, and that can mean increased energy use as we keep our homes and businesses cool. Idaho Power has a few tips for staying cool and managing your summer energy use (and bill!) when it’s hot outside.
- Close doors, windows and blinds during the day when you’re out of the house, especially on the east and west sides. If safe to do so, open them at night or in the morning to let in cooler air.
- Consider installing an attic fan to draw hot air out of the house.
- Consider installing a ceiling fan in rooms used frequently. Moving air can feel up to four degrees cooler than still air. Ceiling fans are effective in homes both with and without air conditioning. Turn them off when you leave the room.
- Turn the air conditioner off when you’re going to be gone for an extended period. Make it easy by installing a programmable thermostat to allow for higher temperatures at night and when you are away without sacrificing comfort when you need it.
- Change the air filter in your heating/cooling system. Dirty filters reduce a system’s efficiency.
Not sure where to start? A home energy audit is a great first step if you want to make home improvements to save energy. An audit can determine where your home wastes energy and how you can change that.
- The program offers a reduced price for a home audit done by an experienced, certified professional.
- The total value of the audit is $445, but participants pay only $99 for all-electric homes and $149 for homes with other fuels.
- The auditor will come to your home and identify key energy-saving opportunities like insulation, windows and doors, lighting, and heating and cooling systems. The auditor may also install energy saving items like LEDs, showerheads or pipe wrap.
For more energy-saving tips, visit idahopower.com/save.