ASHLAND, Ky., (LEX 18) – The first week of summer is bringing a heat wave that has air conditioning units humming and fans turning as they try to beat the heat.
Kentucky Power has released some tips on how to keep your house cool, without breaking the bank.
Thousands of customers are faced with temperatures hovering around or above 90 degrees. Temperatures are expected to remain high the next few days as the heat wave moves east across the United States.
There are many simple energy efficiency measures customers can put into place to save money without jeopardizing comfort, including:
* Repair and weatherstrip air leaks in the home; up to 25 percent of energy used to cool homes escapes via leaks.
* Maintain consistent temperatures and monitor your thermostat settings.
* Install ceiling fans to circulate cool air throughout the house.
* Close drapes and shades on south-facing windows to block sun and heat during the day.
* Move furnishings away from floor or return air vents.
* Avoid using heat-producing appliances such as ovens or dryers during the hottest parts of the day.
Other energy savings ideas are available here.