STILLWATER, Okla. — Ray Chambers, commercial energy advisor for CREC, explains how to conserve energy and keep utility bills down in the summer months while still living comfortably.
1 When is the peak period for energy consumption?
Typically it runs two times a year. There is a summer peak and a winter peak. Traditionally, a summer peak is the hottest day in August.
2 Why are utilities bills often higher at these times?
One is economics. You can’t control the cost. All we can control is how we use it.
3 What is the ideal setting for thermostats?
It depends on what you’re willing to pay. I have mine set at 78 degrees. Typically it depends on what an individual is willing to pay. The hotter you keep your thermostat, the less you have to pay.
4 What are other tips to conserve energy?
Lighting, insulation, limit infiltration (the cracks in windows). The more insulation, the slower the heat comes in in the summer and slower it leaves your home in the winter.
5 What are some ways to keep cool without using excess utilities?
Dress for the weather, limit strenuous activity during hot times of the day, investigate the hot water temperature on your hot water tank, wash your clothes in cold water, change lightbulbs.