Don't Let the Summer Heat Scorch Your Wallet!

Seasonal hot weather is here! Keep a cool head and even cooler electricity bill by adopting summer-smart practices that will help you beat the heat in energy-efficient style.

Summer has set in across the Valley, with temperatures climbing into the 90s. The Tennessee Valley Authority and your local power company are ready to keep power flowing, but there some easy things you can do to help keep your cool and lessen the impact of future electric bills.

  • Crank it up—Setting your thermostat just one degree higher can save up to 3 percent on your power bill. A setting of around 75 degrees is the “sweet spot” to maximize your savings.
  • Don’t “yo-yo” your thermostat—Keep your thermostat changes to 2 or 3 degree adjustments no more than once every four hours. Constantly turning your thermostat way up during the day and then way down when you get home forces your unit to work harder than needed, costing you more money.
  • It’s curtains for you—Or maybe blinds, but try to cover your windows on the south and west sides of your home in order to block sunlight during the warmest parts of the day.
  • Get out of the kitchen—Summer is the perfect time for grilling outside, which keeps the heat from cooking the inside of your home.
  • Or use that microwave—It will cook your food faster, and keep the kitchen cooler than stovetop or oven cooking would.
  • Keep things clean—Keeping your air filters clean will allow your air conditioner to work most efficiently. Change them regularly, too. Clogged filters will make your AC system work harder.
  • Seal it up—Caulk around windows and doors to seal the cool air in and keep the heat out. Likewise replace cracked seals around refrigerators or freezers.
  • Take a cold shower—Not only will it feel good this time of year, it will save on unnecessary water heating costs.
  • Plant a tree or two—Shade trees on the south or southwest side of the house will add beauty and keep your house cooler.

These low-cost or no-cost, easy-to-do actions can help make an immediate difference in your power use without forcing you to break even more of a summer sweat. More summer energy-saving tips can be found at EnergyRight Solutions®.

TVA and local power companies are also doing their part to ensure reliable power will be there for you when you need it most. All available generating units are being readied for peak operation, and less critical maintenance activities are being delayed. It’s all a part of continuing our 85-year mission of service to the Tennessee Valley to deliver the power you need when you need it most—and always at the lowest feasible cost.