With this weekend shaping up to be one of the hottest of the year, Indiana Michigan Power, an operating unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), reminds customers of ways to save energy while beating the heat.
*Fans. Use ceiling fans and portable fans to circulate air and help reduce the amount of air conditioning you use. Use your kitchen exhaust fan while cooking.
*Air Conditioners. Be sure to regularly install new air filters; dirty filters cause your equipment to work harder and use more energy. Set your air conditioner’s thermostat for the highest comfortable temperature, and remember to adjust it to a higher temperature for times you are away from home. Keep doors and windows closed.
*Windows. Keep direct sunlight out during the day – close curtains and blinds.
*Housework. Do heavy chores such as laundry, washing dishes and baking during the cooler part of the day.
*Switch off, unplug. Disconnect appliances such as phone chargers, which use electricity even when the appliance is not recharging. Turn off unused computers. Turn off unused lights.
*Weatherstrip. Seal air leaks around doors and windows.
*Think long term. You may not get to it this weekend, but consider taking some more involved steps to improve energy efficiency in your home or business, including purchasing a programmable thermostat; installing sufficient insulation; planting shrubberies against outside walls; and making sure your attic is properly ventilated to prevent heat build-up.
Eligible I&M customers with electric heat can call 855-231-5274 to schedule a home energy checkup. An I&M energy expert will measure your insulation, look for energy leaks and recommend improvements. If you schedule a checkup before the end of August and make the recommended improvements with a qualified contractor within 30 days of your checkup, I&M pays up to 75 percent of the cost, up to $3,000.