PUC Offers Tips to Beat the Heat

May 26, 2015

HARRISBURG – As the weather forecast shows heat and humidity in Pennsylvania this week, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today reminds consumers to conserve energy with #WaysToStayCool.

Consumers can view the Summer Heat Wave fact sheet on the PUC website. Consumers also can follow the Commission on Twitter (@PA_PUC) for tips on how to reduce energy bills despite rising temperatures. Check out #WaysToStayCool to track pointers such as:

  • On hot and humid days, set your thermostat at 78 degrees when you are home and 85 degrees or off when you are away for long periods of time.
  • If you have window air conditioning units, close off rooms not in use.
  • Make sure all air conditioner filters are clean and in good shape.
  • Turn off non-essential appliances and as many lights as possible.
  • Postpone using appliances that produce heat such as clothes dryers, dishwashers and stoves until after 7 p.m. These appliances also use significant amounts of electricity adding to the demand on an electric infrastructure that is already stressed during peak hours due to heat.
  • Keep drapes closed and shades drawn. The amount of energy required to cool your home will be considerably less.
  • Use ceiling fans to circulate the air, keeping rooms and you cooler;
  • Replace filters monthly for maximum benefit and check air and return vents on a regular basis to keep circulation air paths clear.
  • Relax in rooms that do not receive direct sunlight. 

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission balances the needs of consumers and utilities; ensures safe and reliable utility service at reasonable rates; protects the public interest; educates consumers to make independent and informed utility choices; furthers economic development; and fosters new technologies and competitive markets in an environmentally sound manner.

For recent news releases and video of select Commission proceedings or more information about the PUC, visit our website at www.puc.pa.gov. Follow the PUC on Twitter – @PA_PUC for all things utility. “Like” Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on Facebook for easy access to information on utility issues.

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