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Posted on: June 12, 2017

Tips for Beating the Heat

Make sure to be mindful of your safety as the temperatures rise and we experience high heat. Please see heat safety tips along with some energy-saving tips below and share!

Heat Safety Tips:

-       Extreme heat or heat waves occur when the temperature reaches extremely high levels or when the combination of heat and humidity causes the air to become oppressive.

-       Be sure to check on children, older adults and outside workers, as they tend to be affected more.

-       Be sure to stay hydrated with water and avoid sugary beverages.

-       Stay cool in an air conditioned area.

-       Wear light-weight, light colored, loose fitting clothes.

-       Stay especially cautious in houses with little to no air conditioning, construction worksites, and cars.

-       Stay mindful that during extreme heat, the temperature in your car could be deadly and as more time elapses, the higher the temperature increases.


10 Easy, Inexpensive Way to Save on Energy Bills as Temperatures Rise:

 

1. Seal holes and cracks around doors and windows with caulk or weather-stripping.

2. Don’t cool an empty house. Set your thermostat higher when you are away.

3. Replace air filters monthly. Dirty filters make your air conditioner work harder.

4. Use a microwave or crockpot instead of the oven. They won’t heat the house.

5. Operate appliances in the morning or evening when it is cooler outside.

6. When washing dishes or clothes, run full loads.

7. Wash laundry in cold water.

8. Close blinds and draperies facing the sun to keep out the sun’s heat.

9. Don’t cool unused rooms. Close the vents and shut the door.

10. Ceiling fans cool fast and cost less than air conditioning. (In hot weather, set your ceiling fan to spin quickly, counterclockwise to push air downward towards the floor. This creates a wind chill effect that will make you feel cooler.)

 

Sources: Center for Disease Control and Prevention; PSE&G

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