With the summer heat on, the Imperial Irrigation District encourages customers to remain cool this summer while taking some simple steps to conserve energy.
Energy conservation can take stress off the local electric grid, boosting reliability. Reduced energy consumption can also help lower customers’ monthly electric bills.
Consider taking the follow steps to conserve energy this summer:
Avoid using major appliances (washers, dryers, dishwashers, pool pumps, electric vehicle charging, applicable industrial equipment, etc.) between peak hours of 4 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Set thermostats at 78 degrees or higher when home.
Turn off all unnecessary lights.
Use floor or ceiling fans to cool off for less. (Be sure to turn fans off when you leave a room as they only cool people, not spaces.)
Block the sun from overheating your home. Inside, use shades, blinds and drapes. Outside, use awnings,
trees and shrubs.
Plug electronics into a power strip, then turn the strip off when not in use.
Navigate the power management settings on computers and monitors to maximize efficiency.
Replace your five most-used light fixtures and/or bulbs with ENERGY STAR® products.
Change or clean your air conditioner’s filter at least once a month for peak performance.
Check for household leaks to make sure air is not escaping by taking a close look at all your doors and windows. Look for instances of broken caulking and weatherstripping and replace it if necessary.
For even more energy savings tips, see IID’s Summer Energy Saving Guide at: www.iid.com/summer