Hot weather is here: cool down with these tips

Hot weather is here: cool down with these tips

Summer is quickly approaching and high temperatures are climbing, so we’re here with tips to help keep you cool.

You can save energy and money, even in the extreme heat, with our energy efficiency tips:

  • Make sure your drapes and shades are pulled down during the day to block the hot sun.
  • Wear light clothing and set your thermostat between 72 and 78 degrees. You’ll save energy for every degree higher you can set your thermostat.
  • Try not to use large appliances like dishwashers, stoves, washers and dryers during the warmest hours of the day.
  • If you haven’t already, make the switch to cooler and more efficient LED lights; incandescent lights produce heat.
  • Ceiling fans cost far less to use than air conditioners, but only turn them on in rooms that are occupied.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that over 1,200 people in the United States die from extreme heat every year. Older adults, children and sick individuals are at greater risk from extreme heat.

Here are some tips to stay safe during the hottest days:

  • Find a cool place with air conditioning. If you don’t have air conditioning, the CDC urges you to find cooler places — shopping malls, libraries or public cooling centers — to avoid the heat.
  • Check on your at-risk family members or neighbors.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Never leave people or pets in a closed car.
  • Avoid strenuous activity.
  • If you are outside, find shade and wear a hat big enough to protect your face.

We urge you to stay safe in extreme heat situations. Find a cool place, drink fluids and stay informed of the forecast and any weather-related warnings.