RENO, Nev. (KRNV) — The extreme heat is expected to linger this week and into the weekend, prompting many to turn up their air conditioning. NV Energy recommends setting your thermostat to 78 degrees when you are home and several degrees higher when you are away to maximize coolness and minimize cost.
Some other energy saving tips to follow include keeping window coverings or curtains on windows to trap the cool air inside and keep the sunlight out. Utilizing fans, grilling or cooking outside, and cleaning your air filters can also help. Burning LED bulbs instead of incandescent light bulbs can save approximately $7 per year on energy costs for each bulb installed, according to NV Energy.
They also suggest running large appliances later in the evening or first thing in the morning. “That’s going to be the best way to conserve and keep those bills low,” says Ryan Atkins, Director of Trading Analytics and Operations at NV Energy. NV Energy says air conditioning typically accounts for up to 60 or even 70% of a summer electric bill. Free in-person Home Energy Assessments are available to residential customers to help determine a home’s energy efficiency.