PPL Electric Utilities Offers Tips to Keep Cool and Save
PPL Electric Utilities is reminding customers who want to save energy during the current heat wave that simple steps can make a big difference when mercury soars and the humidity rises.
“It doesn’t take a last-minute, daunting home improvement project to help control your electricity use and save money when a heat wave hits,” said David G. DeCampli, president of PPL Electric Utilities. “Sometimes, it really is the little things that count.”
DeCampli said customers looking to save energy and reduce their summer electric bills should consider these helpful hints:
* Turn off televisions, computers and other appliances when not in use. These appliances give off heat in the home.
* Close curtains, blinds or shutters to keep out the daytime sun.
* Use ceiling fans to create a wind-chill effect in occupied rooms. The breeze can keep you just as comfortable at temperatures 4 to 6 degrees warmer.
* Turn off unnecessary lights.
* Set air-conditioner thermostats a few degrees higher, if health permits.
* Clean your air conditioner’s filter.
* Use bathroom exhaust fans only as long as necessary to avoid sucking cool air out of your home.
* Close off air-conditioning vents in unoccupied rooms.
DeCampli said customers driven by the intense heat to buy new air-conditioning units should look for the ENERGY STAR® symbol and be sure the system is sized right for their home or room. ENERGY STAR room air conditioners, for example, use 10 percent less energy than conventional models.
Customers installing room air conditioners during this week’s intense heat should try to mount units in shaded spots or locations that do not receive the hot daytime sun, as direct sunlight can decrease the unit’s efficiency. DeCampli said customers can get more information about selecting air conditioners by visiting the Energy Library section of PPL Electric Utilities’ new Web site, www.pplelectric.com.
Customers also can use the company’s new Energy Analyzer tool online to better understand how their home uses energy and how they can save over the long term. The Energy Analyzer offers users customized tips and energy-use reports that can help them prepare for the season’s next heat wave.
DeCampli said PPL Electric Utilities’ service remained reliable through the past weekend’s hot, humid weather. He said he’s confident that reliability will continue throughout the week.
“The planning and maintenance we do on our system throughout the year means that our customers can rely on us to deliver the electricity they need to stay healthy and comfortable in times like these,” he said.
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