How to turn down the power when the thermometer rises

Hot InsideAfter our long winter, which seems like a lifetime away, we are thankful to see the mercury has climbed into the mid-20s or higher and has stayed there for a while.

Then again, just like cold temperatures, summer heat can also affect how you use electricity. Here are five simple things you can do help keep your usage down:

 

  1. Close blinds and curtains on south and west facing windows to help limit the sun’s ability to heat up your house. 
  2. Wash your clothes in cold water when possible – as much as 30 per cent of a washing machine’s energy usage goes towards heating the water.
  3. Hot, dry days are perfect for hanging clothes to dry outside. Set up a clothesline or a drying rack and you’ll almost eliminate the need to use the dryer.
  4. If you do need to use the dryer, throw a large dry towel in with your wet clothes. The towel will absorb some of the moisture and help cut drying time.
  5. Barbecue more. Maybe the best tip of all, but stoves and ovens are major sources of heat, so here’s another excuse to fire up the grill this summer.      

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