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Wisconsin Public Service Commission’s Tips to Beat the Heat and Save Energy

With above average temperatures this summer the PSC recently released some helpful tips for keeping utility bills low, some of which are listed below.  For more information about conserving energy, I encourage you to visit

  • Check weather stripping and caulking for leaks around doors and windows.
  • Use a microwave oven or cook outside instead of using the stove or oven.
  • Use natural lighting and compact fluorescent light bulbs.  Ninety percent of the energy used by an incandescent bulb makes heat.
  • Close blinds and curtains on hot days.
  • Install white window shades or blinds to reflect heat away from your house.
  • For long-term cooling, plant trees/shrubs to shade your house.  Carefully positioned trees can save up to 25 percent of a typical household’s energy used for cooling.
  • Place your room air conditioner on the north side of the house.  A unit operating in the shade uses up to 10 percent less electricity than the same one operating in the sun.
  • Whole-house fans help cool your home by pulling air into the house and exhausting warm air through the attic.  Most effective when operated at night as the air is cooler outside than inside.
  • Use cold water for doing laundry and air dry clothes on clotheslines.
  • Unplug electronics like computers, televisions, and radios when not in use.
  • Clean and maintain your air conditioner often.  Make sure air filters, air intakes, grilles, and radiators are unblocked and clean at all times.  Clean dirt and leaves off coils on outdoor units.
  • When buying new appliances including air conditioners, look for those that are ENERGY STAR rated, which means they are more energy efficient than traditional appliances.