Don't Get Beat by the Heat – As Temperatures Rise, Lower Your Energy Usage with our Conservation Tips
February has been New York’s coldest, snowiest month this winter, but that doesn’t mean warm weather isn’t right around the corner! Spring starts in about one month and it’s time to start preparing your house for the warmer weather. In addition to testing your air conditioning system to ensure it is working properly, you should consider the following conservation tips to help keep your energy bills down when the first big heat wave strikes.
- Plant shade trees due west of west windows. It could reduce your air conditioning bills by up to 25%!
- Install reflective window coatings to reflect heat away from your home.
- Keep drapes, blinds and shades closed during the day to block out the sun.
- Move furniture away from air conditioning vents.
- Cook on the grill to keep cooking heat outside the home.
- When cooking inside, use a microwave instead of a conventional oven. It uses less than half the power and cooks food in about one-fourth the time.
For more warm weather conservation tips, visit our Summer Conservation Tips page.