AEP Ohio is reminding customers that, with hotter weather predicted, the following tips can help save money and energy as temperatures rise:
/ Set the air conditioner thermostat at 78 degrees and use ceiling fans to help circulate the cool air.
/ Install a programmable thermostat to use less energy cooling the house when you are away or sleeping.
/ Close blinds and curtains to keep out sun and retain cooler air inside.
/ Avoid using heat-producing appliances, such as ovens and clothes dryers, during the hottest times of the day.
/ Weatherstrip doors and windows to prevent air leaks, and make sure all windows and doors are closed when the air conditioning unit is operating.
/ Ensure that air conditioning equipment is inspected and serviced each year by a licensed contractor to ensure maximum efficiency.
/ Replace or clean your air conditioning filter on a regular basis.
/ Make sure open vents are not covered by furniture or other items.
"Even when it is very hot outside, people can save energy and money while trying to stay cool," said Karen Sloneker, AEP Ohio Director, Customer Services & Marketing. "We encourage our customers to adopt energy efficient methods that work for them and their household."
More energy savings tips are available at aepohio.com//save//residential.