With record high temperatures expected across the South over the next few days, Alabama Power offers the following tips to help customers stay comfortable and conserve energy:
· Clean or change your air conditioner filter. A dirty filter cuts airflow and reduces efficiency. Air conditioners are the biggest source of electric use during the summer. In many homes, air conditioning costs can account for more than half the electric bill.
· Set the thermostat at 78 degrees or higher and use ceiling or box fans to keep air circulating in your home. Remember that ceiling fans used for cooling should turn in a clockwise rotation. Raise the thermostat even higher when away from home for extended periods.
· Use your dishwasher, washing machine and clothes dryer at night. You’ll avoid adding heat to the home during the hottest time of the day.
· Consider using a microwave or toaster oven instead of the oven. These small appliances use less power than an oven broiler and produce less heat.
· Close drapes or blinds during the day to reduce heat from direct sunlight.
Find more energy-saving tips and get an Energy Check Up in as little as five minutes at www.alabamapower.com. You can take the quick check up or the full check up and get customized information on ways to save on energy.
Alabama Power, a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE: SO), provides reliable, affordable electricity to more than 1.4 million customers across the state.