Dairyland Power Cooperative

Stay cool while saving energy

•Ask your local energy cooperative about the Load Management Program, which helps balance electrical supply and demand. It does so by briefly controlling certain appliances, such as air conditioners, at times of very high demand. You remain comfortable, but use less energy... becoming part of the solution instead of the problem. Also, you may be eligible for incentives through participation.

•Block the sun! Close curtains and blinds when the sun is directly on the window. This can reduce the heat gain in your home by up to half.

•Put off chores that add humidity to your household—such as laundry and running the dishwasher—from the peak hours of 4 to 9 p.m. to cooler hours when the demand for energy is reduced.

•Use ceiling fans to supplement your air conditioner’s cooling ability or use the fans in place of your air conditioner on less humid days.

•Replace your air conditioner and furnace filters regularly. A dirty air filter wastes money because it blocks airflow, making the motor work harder for the same level of comfort.

•Insulate and ventilate your attic. If your attic isn’t properly ventilated, some of the heat and cold will spread through your home. Insulation also helps keep temperatures contained.

•Use a programmable thermostat. Set it at different levels for when you are not at home—a higher level during summer months and a lower level during winter months.
•Plant shade trees a safe distance from power lines. Trees are a natural and effective home cooling tool, as they prevent full sun from beating down on your home. Mature trees can reduce the home temperature by several degrees.

•Weatherize your home—caulk and weatherstrip any doors and windows that leak air.

•Check out the energy calculator and advice on www.togetherwesave.com, and get instant estimates of the cost savings for a variety of efficiency measures. A link to the website is also found on Dairyland's home page. You can even sign up on the Together We Save home page to have energy saving facts and news delivered direct to your Blackberry, iPhone or Android.

•As always, use compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) in place of comparable incandescent bulbs to save about 50 percent on your lighting costs. CFLs use only one-fourth the energy and last up to 10 times longer.

•Look for the EnergyStar and EnergyGuide labels when shopping for home appliances. The Energy Star label is the government’s seal of energy efficiency.

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