With residents concerned about household bills during periods of inflation, UGI offers these simple tips to help minimize energy consumption during the rest of the warm months:
· If you have a programmable thermostat, increase the setting to the highest comfortable temperature possible if you have central air conditioning. Raise the temperature if you won’t be home for an extended period of time. You can save three to five percent on your air conditioning costs for every degree you raise your thermostat.
· Close doors leading to uncooled parts of your home. If you have central air conditioning, close the air vents in unused rooms. Keep air conditioning filters clean.
· Use ceiling and portable fans to circulate air as an alternative to air conditioning. Turn fans off when you leave the room – ceiling fans cool people, not the room.
· Seal holes and cracks around doors and windows. Eliminate air leaks around window air conditioners with foam insulation or weatherstripping. Ridding your home of air leaks will also reduce heating costs during the heating season.
· Close blinds, shades and drapes facing the sun to keep the sun’s heat out and help fans and air conditioners cool more efficiently.
· Consider applying solar control or other reflective films to your windows. Window films can save energy in summer. Window films can be installed directly over existing windows and are available in a range of tints, UV blocks and colors. Mirror type silver films are generally best suited to reflect sunlight and provide the most effective energy conservation. Be aware that window films have specific limitations including interior light loss, reduced window visibility, and aesthetic issues when viewed from the exterior.
· Avoid placing lamps or televisions near your room thermostat. The thermostat senses heat from these appliances, which may cause the air conditioning to run longer than necessary.
· Vacuum regularly to avoid dust accumulation. Make sure furniture and other objects don’t block airflow through your registers.
· If applicable, use your microwave for cooking to keep interior heat to a minimum.
· About 80% of homes have a clothes dryer. Use a low heat setting and clean the lint trap after each load to increase efficiency. You can also hang clothes to dry rather than using a clothes dryer.
· Use your bathroom fan when showering. A hot shower produces heat, steam and humidity, which can raise the temperature of the room. Running your bathroom fan while you shower draws heat and steam out of the room. If you don’t have a bathroom fan, open a window or leave the door ajar to create a cooler draft.
· UGI clients are also encouraged to learn more about the Low Income Utilization Reduction Program (LIURP). This weatherization program offers free installation of energy-saving measures to income-eligible households to help make energy bills more affordable. Possible energy saving measures include ceiling insulation; insulation of floors, ducts and hot water pipes; caulking and weather stripping, gas water heater repairs and low flow water saving devices. Visit www.ugi.com/assistance-programs/ for more information.
If you have a service-related issue, UGI’s emergency response is available 24 hours a day, every day. Your safety is always our top priority. UGI can be reached at (800) 276-2722.
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- UGI offers simple tips to help minimize energy consumption during the rest of the warm months.
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