Uniondale, NY - May 25, 2016 - Hotter temperatures can lead to more usage and higher electric bills. PSEG Long Island has 10 tips to help customers minimize the impact of hot weather and better manage their usage:
1. Seal holes and cracks around doors and windows. Prevent air leaks around window air conditioners with foam insulation or weather-stripping.
2. Close blinds and drapes on windows facing the sun to keep out the sun’s heat.
3. Don’t cool an empty house. Set your thermostat higher when you’re away.
4. Install a programmable thermostat and use fans to circulate cool air.
5. Replace air filters monthly. Dirty filters make your air conditioner work harder.
6. Use a microwave or crockpot instead of the oven. They won’t heat the house.
7. Set refrigerators and freezers to the most efficient temperatures.
8. When washing dishes or clothes, run full loads and avoid the peak demand hours of 2:00 to 8:00 p.m.
9. Use timers and motion detectors on indoor and outdoor lighting.
10. Replace old appliances with new energy efficient ENERGY STAR® appliances.
The most cost-effective way to cool a home is with a properly installed central air conditioning (CAC). PSEG Long Island’s Cool Homes Program helps customers save money on new, high-efficiency CAC units that will provide lower energy usage and save as much as $500 per year.
PSEG Long Island also provides energy efficiency programs to residential and commercial customers. By making energy efficiency upgrades, customers can save up to 20 percent on their bill. Rebates are available on many Energy Star and high-efficiency products. Energy Star qualified products use 10–50 percent less energy.
For more information on PSEG Long Island energy saving programs and tips visit here.
PSEG Long Island operates the Long Island Power Authority’s transmission and distribution system under a 12-year contract. PSEG Long Island is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (NYSE:PEG), a publicly traded diversified energy company with annual revenues of approximately $10.4 billion.