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Save Energy and Money in Warmer Weather

May 15, 2002

Sierra Pacific Power Company
Contact: Gary Aldax, 775-834-5508
Contact: Karl Walquist, 775-834-3891
Phone: please see above

For Immediate Release

As warmer weather moves into northern Nevada and northeastern California, energy use will increase throughout the region. A customer's bill for electricity is determined both by the price paid for the electricity itself and the amount of electricity used. The good news is, customers can help control the amount of energy they use by following these tips.

No Cost Tips

  • Give major appliances a rest during the day. Stoves, dishwashers and dryers all give off heat while operating. Use the microwave or try cool salads and sandwiches. Consider drying clothes on a clothesline.
  • Turn on the AC only when you need it, and keep the room temperature at a minimum of 78 degrees. Do not block the airflow.
  • Run your dishwasher at night and only when it's full.
  • Open your windows in the early morning to catch the cool morning air. Close them and draw your curtains to block out the mid-day heat.
  • Set your water heater control appropriately. Between 120º and 130º is recommended for normal use. Set the control to the lowest setting when away for extended periods.
  • Vacuum the coils beneath and behind your refrigerator to maximize its efficiency.

Low Cost Tips

  • Use photocells to automatically turn on and off outdoor security lighting.
  • Replace standard light bulbs as they burn out with energy-efficientcompact fluorescent light bulbs available at most home improvement and retail stores.
  • Use ceiling or room fans to keep you cooler so you can set the air conditioner to a higher temperature.
  • Conserve hot water by fixing leaky faucets and installing low-flow showerheads.
  • Replace furnace and air conditioning filters monthly.

Added Cost Tips

  • Install a programmable thermostat.
  • Have your air conditioner serviced for optimized efficiency in warm weather.
  • Install awnings and plant deciduous trees to shade your home.
  • Add insulation to attics, walls, pipes and air ducts.
  • Upgrade your windows to vinyl frame, double-pane energy-efficient units.

For more information, visit the conservation section of Sierra Pacific's website at call us at 834-4556.


Editors'note: Sierra Pacific Power Take Control energy experts are available for interviews.