All News

7 tips to save energy in the summer

Most people expect higher energy costs in the summer. We crank up the air conditioning to get out of the heat; the kids are home from school and spend all day on their electronics; and, when you finally convince them to play outside, you find yourself washing extra loads of bathing suits, beach towels, and muddy clothes. The warm weather comes with a price. But, with a little preparation, you can manage your energy use wisely and cut down on your bill. We’ve shared seven tips that will help you use less energy in the summer and save you valuable money on your utilities

  1. Ceiling Fan
    Use your fan to your advantage. Make sure it’s spinning in the correct direction (usually counterclockwise) to create a downward draft. Fans cool people not rooms
  2. Close Blinds
    During the warmest hours of the day, close your window blinds. This keeps the cool air from escaping and the hot air from entering.
  3. Wash With Cold Water
    Washing laundry is one of the biggest energy users we have around the house. Wash your clothes in cold water to avoid using energy to heat the water for the machine.
  4. Relax and Unplug
    That charger you left plugged in that is not charging anything sucks your energy away. To ease your mind on your next energy bill, simply unplug those chargers that are not in use.
  5. Optimize Thermostat Setting
    Keep your thermostat set as high as possible when you’re away. Adjusting your thermostat 10 to 15 degrees – or up to 78 degrees for eight hours during the work day – could save you up to 10 % on your cooling bills. Small changes can save you money. If you don’t already have one, get a smart thermostat that you can control from your phone.
  6. Upgrade Appliances Like AC
    If you are ready to take your energy savings to the next level, upgrade to an Energy Star certified air conditioning system. They are 15 % more efficient than other models. If you can’t afford to upgrade your air conditioning system, make sure your current model is clean and running at its best.
  7. Go Low Flow
    During hot, dry summer months, most people use more water on lawn, plants, and for bathing. To keep your bill down, water your plants in the early morning or at dusk and avoid the summer sun when water evaporates. Also, switch your showerhead to a low-flow fixture to avoid wasted water.


We greatly value our connection to the members we serve. Follow us on social media to stay in-the-know on the latest energy-saving tips, community outreach efforts, power outages, cooperative news, promotions, and more!

Connect with us!

Facebook    YouTube     Instagram     LinkedIn     Twitter