Contact Us
Make My Homepage

Save Money And Stay Cool

courtsey of Flickr

With tempatures expected to be in the 90’s all week long, NSTAR is expecting the demand for electricity to soar this week as the region deals with an extended heat wave. Here are a few tips residents can follow to keep the electricity bill down while remaining cool.

Keep the heat out and the cool in – Sunlight shining through windows can increase the tempture inside of a home. using blinds, shades or drapes to block out the sun. Homes will stay cooler if the windows and blinds are closed during the day.

Air conditioners work the best in the shade – If it is possible, keep room air conditioners out of the sun. They run much more efficiently when kept cool. Installing one in a north-facing window is ideal. When shopping for a unit, look for the Energy Star label to ensure the unit is energy efficient.

Raising the temperature lowers the bill – Keeping air conditioner thermostats set to a moderate temperature saves energy and money. Air conditioners remove humidity from the air, keeping occupants cool even at a higher tempature setting.

It’s a great time to cook outside – Cooking indoors will heat a home. Instead people should try to cook out doors to keep the heat out of the house.

Fridges and freezers are big-time energy users – To make the most of energy dollars, be sure to vaccum the coils on fridges and freezers regularly. Keep both well stocked and close the doors quickly to keep them at a cool temperature. Using jugs of water is a perfect low-cost option to fill empty space. If there are any extra fridges or freezers in a house, unplug them if they are unnecessary.

Conserve energy – It is always best to shut lighting and appliances off when not needed. Incandescent lights, when on, add heat to a home. Turning off the lights when not being used will save money on the electric bill as well as keep the home cooler.

Best of WBSM

Recommended for You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for 1420 Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive 1420 Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.