(Victor Valley)–When the temperature goes up like it is this week, so can your energy costs. Southern California Edison is helping by providing tips on ways to save—and they don’t take much effort at all. It begins with a few simple changes to your daily routine: like unplugging your electronics when they’re not in use, using major appliances only during off-peak hours, or setting the thermostat a few degrees higher on your air conditioner.
The hottest part of the day is also the time when energy demand is at its highest—from 12 PM to 6 PM. Here are simple ways you can reduce your energy usage during peak hours to help you save when it counts most:
• Keep the thermostat on your A/C set to 78°F.
• Use your washer, dryer and dishwasher only during off-peak hours, preferably when they’re full.
• Make sure coffee pots, radios and other electronics have been switched off or are unplugged when not in use.
• Turn off your computer screen saver. (It wastes power by keeping your computer active.)
• Set your computer to turn your monitor off after 10 minutes of nonuse and your hard drive after 20 minutes.
• Devices such as laptops can run on battery power during the day and then be recharged at night. (Don’t forget to unplug when not charging.)
• By not using your oven during warmer temperatures you will help your air conditioner work less to cool your home.
• The state of California may issue a Flex Alert—an urgent call to conserve energy immediately. When you hear a Flex Alert, save electricity by turning off unnecessary lights and following any of the tips mentioned above.
SCE has even more tips and tools to help you saving energy during the summer heat. Even little changes can make a big difference. Find out more at sce.com/SummerSave.