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Summer brings long days relaxing by the pool or spending time outdoors, but the season can also bring higher electric bills. For members looking to save energy and money this season, DEC has some simple tips to help you conserve and stay cool. 

One of the easiest things you can do to keep heat out of your house is use window coverings during the day when temperatures are the hottest. Closing your blinds or curtains blocks the sunlight, preventing additional heat from entering your home. Check for cracks along door and window frames, caulking and sealing any you find to keep hot air from getting through. You may also consider applying weatherstripping around doors. 

If you leave your home for any length of time, turn your thermostat up a couple of degrees before leaving. This way, your HVAC system isn’t working to cool the house when no one is there to benefit from it. The same applies to using fans — when you leave the room, turn them off. Another important step in conserving energy is ensuring you maintain your HVAC system. Schedule regular maintenance to make sure it is operating efficiently.

When doing laundry or running the dishwasher, make sure you are washing full loads to get the most efficiency out of each cycle. Speaking of dishes, why not prepare your next meal on the grill? Cooking outside instead of using the stove will reduce the heat in your home, meaning your air conditioning won’t have to work extra to keep conditions comfortable. 

Conserving energy — especially during peak alert times — helps keep the cost of energy low for all DEC members. When you put in the effort to save electricity, you’re not just helping yourself, but all the people and places in the Co-op’s service territory. For more information on how you can save energy this summer, visit today!

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