Today’s Indoor Weather Forecast:
Strong Chance of Comfort, Despite Summer Temps
Desert living can mean surviving extreme heat during the summer months and depending on your air conditioner for indoor relief. Below are ideas, provided by your public power provider, the Imperial Irrigation District, to help you get through the summer in comfort, while keeping your energy costs down.
- Set your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be.
- Use ceiling and pedestal fans. Fans create a wind-chill effect that can make the room temperature seem up to 4 degrees cooler. Fans cool people—not rooms, so turn them on only when you’re there.
- Curb energy use during peak hours. Avoid using heavy energy-consuming or heat-generating appliances (like ovens, dishwashers, clothes dryers, and washers) during the peak hours of 4-8 p.m. when energy is in high demand and rates are the highest.
- Replace AC filters monthly. Replacing your air conditioner’s filters regularly will help your system operate efficiently.
- Block out the sun. Keep your window coverings closed. Better yet, install awnings or plant tall, mature deciduous trees (20 feet or closer) from the east- and west-facing windows of your home.
- Escape to cool places. When possible, stay in the coolest rooms in your house.
- Use your microwave and grill. Prepare meals that do not require a stove or oven.
For more tips on how to save energy and money, visit www.iid.com.