SALT LAKE CITY, Utah(News4Utah) Today on News4Utah, we want to help you stretch your dollar. It’s part of our weekly ‘In Focus’ report. We’re helping you save money on your power bill. Tiffany Erickson from Rocky Mountain Power shows us how.
Summer heat has officially arrived, and it’s only going to get hotter. Staying cool and comfortable shouldn’t have to break the bank. Rocky Mountain Power has four key steps customers can take this summer to use less energy and save money.
- Be AC savvy. Set your air conditioner to 78 degrees when you’re home, and 85 when you’re away. Running your AC at temperatures lower than 78 degrees can increase your electricity bill by up to 8 percent. Additionally, invest in a programmable thermostat, which can save you up to 20 percent a year on your heating and cooling bills.
- Don’t add heat to your home with appliances and lighting. On hot days, avoid using the oven, dishwasher and dryer during the day. Incandescent lightbulbs also give off heat, so take advantage of daylight instead of artificial lighting – but avoid direct sunlight. It’s also a good idea to install efficient lighting that runs cooler and uses less energy.
- Close windows and blinds during the day. This will keep the heat from the sun out of your home. Be sure to open the windows at night and use the evening air to keep your home cool.
- Use fans. Air conditioners do a good job at cooling your home, but they also use a lot of energy. Fans keep the air moving and can make a big impact on making a room comfortable. Make sure you turn them off when you leave. Fans cool people, not rooms.
For more wattsmart energy and money-saving tips, visit WattSmart.com.
About Rocky Mountain Power
Rocky Mountain Power provides safe and reliable electric service to more than a million
customers in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho. The company works to meet customers’ growing
electricity needs while protecting and enhancing the environment. Rocky Mountain Power is
part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity providers in the United States. More
information at RockyMountainPower.net.