Reducing the cost of your energy bill
With the latest surge of heat and humidity, National Grid officials say we're likely to use more energy, leading to higher energy bills. The power company is reminding customers about being more energy efficient during the hot summer months. Our Brad Vivacqua reports.
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CENTRAL NEW YORK -- On a hot day like it's going to be today, many of us want to make every effort we can to try to keep cool. At the same time, keeping cool may have a harsh impact on your wallet, unless you’re careful.
National Grid officials have some suggestions. They say setting a programmable thermostat can help you save a substantial amount of money by limiting the cool air in your home while you're not there.
Be sure to unplug electronics in your home while you're not there, and turn off ceiling fans when you don't need them. Adjusting the temperature on utilities like your refrigerator and water heater can also help you save.
Other tips include keeping your windows and doors closed in your house if you use an air conditioner. Draw your blinds or shades during the hottest part of the day. Avoid cooking, bathing, or washing clothes during the hottest hours of the day.
"Your pool filter may be going, the air conditioner is on. If you've got a second fridge out in the garage, that's drawing a lot of energy, it’s got a compressor. So, you've got to look at a whole house approach and think about all these things that are running, and it's really important to then focus on where you can cut back again while maintaining your comfort level," said Tom Baron, National Grid Senior Program Manager.
You're encouraged to take advantage of some of the many National Grid programs and incentives to help save money on your bills. You can also find more tips on the National Grid website at www1.nationalgridus.com.