As a reminder, Talquin encourages Members to reach out to us regarding financial assistance, including payment arrangements, community agency assistance, and prepaid options. We are committed to continue to work with our Members on a case by case basis throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Additionally, we would like to provide the following energy efficiency tips to help cut down on energy costs.
- Keep your vents clear. Your air conditioner can’t work efficiently if your vents are blocked by rugs or furniture. Check all of your vents to make sure they’re open, free of dust and directing air towards the center of the room.
- Use ceiling and pedestal fans. Fans allow you to raise your thermostat up to four degrees without any reduction in comfort, according to the Department of Energy. Just make sure your ceiling fans are turning counterclockwise during warmer months and do not leave fans running in empty rooms. Fans don’t cool air — just people!
- Learn to love your microwave and grill. It’s hot enough outside, and firing up your oven inside won’t make your air conditioner’s job any easier. Outdoor grilling and microwave cooking are two ways to prepare food without generating extra heat. When only baking will do, consider making smaller portions you can pop in a toaster oven.
- Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall energy bill will be. Avoid setting your thermostat at a colder setting than normal when you turn on your air conditioner. This will not cool your home any faster and could result in excessive cooling and unnecessary expense.