What is Energy Efficient Claremore?
Experts are warning that the cost of energy for U.S. households will increase this year. Energy Efficient Claremore was created as a resource to provide residents with tips and conservation methods to aid in conserving energy and lowering costs this summer.
Below you will find some tips and tricks geared at helping residents to save energy and keep costs down when the weather is warm and you are trying to keep your home cool.
Why are prices estimated to increase?
A recent report released by the Energy Information Administration predicted that home energy costs will rise because of supply chain issues, higher fuel prices and increased demand.
Below are a few easy measures to help practice simple energy conservation and reduce heating bills over the winter months:
Use your windows to keep out heat
- Install window coverings to prevent heat gain through your windows during the day.
Operate your thermostat efficiently
- Set your thermostat at a temperature you find comfortable. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling cost.
- Keep your house warmer than normal when you are away, and lower the thermostat setting when you return home.
- Avoid setting your thermostat at a cooler setting than normal when you first turn on your air conditioner.
Use fans and ventilation strategies
- Turn off ceiling fans when you leave the room. Remember that fans cool people, not rooms, by creating a wind chill effect.
- When you shower or take a bath, use the bathroom fan to remove heat and humidity from your home.
- Make sure bathroom and kitchen fans are vented to the outside.
Keep your cooling system running efficiently
- Schedule regular maintenance for your cooling equipment.
- Avoid placing lamps or TV sets near your room air-conditioning thermostat. The thermostat senses heat from these appliances, which can cause the air conditioner to run longer than necessary.
- Vacuum your air intake vents regularly to remove any dust buildup.
- Ensure that furniture and other objects are not blocking the airflow through your registers.
Keep hot air from getting into your home
- Seal cracks and openings to prevent warm air from leaking into your home.
- Add caulk or weatherstripping to seal air leaks around doors and windows.
For more helpful information on how to efficiently cool your home this summer and other energy conservation tips, visit our partners at GRDA.
What is LIHEAP?
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federally funded program that provides financial assistance to low-income Oklahoma households each year to help meet the cost of home energy. Learn more at https://oklahoma.gov/okdhs/services/liheap/utilityservicesliheapmain.html