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Summer's the Season for Saving Energy Easy Steps to Lower Your Energy Bill

Jun 5, 2006

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Sonya Headen, (702) 367-5222

As if there was ever any doubt, the summer heat has arrived right on schedule. While outside temperatures have surpassed the 100-degree mark in many areas of southern Nevada, your personal comfort should not have to be compromised.

Nevada Power offers a few energy conservation tips for staying cool while saving money this summer. Best of all, these ideas cost little to no money to implement:

  • Make sure your thermostat is level and set to 78-80 degrees.
  • Cover windows with awnings, sunscreens or reflective film to keep out the heat.
  • Keep drapes, blinds or shades closed during the day to keep unwanted heat from entering your home.
  • Plant vegetation adjacent to windowsâ€" particularly on the west side of the home. This will help reduce heat by blocking the sun's rays.
  • Use fans with the air conditioner. They can help reduce energy costs by circulating the cool air. Ceiling fans also can allow for air conditioners to be set 3 to 4 degrees higher with minimal change in comfort.
  • Repair any broken windows or gaps that can allow cool air to escape. Caulk your home's doors and windows.
  • Do heat-producing chores such as laundry, cooking and dishwashing during the cooler times of day. These tasks produce heat, which requires the air conditioner to work harder to cool.
  • Avoid using the oven as much as possible. Summer is the time for cookouts.
  • Turn off electronic equipment such as computers and televisions when not in use.
  • Change your air conditioning duct air filters monthly.

For more energy tips or additional information on any of Nevada Power's conservation programs, including the Energy Star Rebate Program, log onto