RALEIGH, N.C. (June 27, 2012) – The Carolinas are headed for a heat wave in coming days. And as temperatures soar, so can your energy usage. But there are ways to beat the heat without wearing out your wallet. Progress Energy encourages customers to take simple steps to lower their energy consumption this summer and SAVE on their bills.
Being smart about energy usage is simple. Just remember the acronym SAVE.
S – Set the thermostat on the highest comfortable setting.
A – Adjust your hot water use.
V – Visit progress-energy.com/save for tips and ways to save.
E – Eliminate hotspots in the home.
- Set the thermostat higher and save. When temperatures rise, air conditioners have to work harder. Adjusting your thermostat a few degrees can lead to big savings on your bill. Progress Energy recommends a setting of 78 degrees or higher. Every degree above 78 degrees will reduce cooling costs by 3 percent to 6 percent. Remember to keep the air flowing freely by replacing air filters and ensuring nothing is blocking registers and returns. And consider using a ceiling fan to maximize comfort without having to lower your thermostat. But remember – fans cool people, not rooms. Be sure to turn the fan off when leaving the room.
- Adjust your hot water use and save. Set your water heater to 120 degrees if you don’t have a dishwasher, or 130 degrees to 140 degrees if you do. If you head out of town, turn it off entirely. Most models will reheat the water to the set temperature in about an hour. Try showers instead of baths and wash laundry with cold water whenever possible. Washing clothes in cold water could save you $30-$40 per year. And make sure to fix those leaky faucets to keep your energy savings from dripping away.
- Visit www.progress-energy.com/save for loads of efficiency tips and ways to save. Managing your energy use starts with understanding how you use electricity. Get a free, personalized energy analysis of your home using Progress Energy's Customized Home Energy Report. This online energy audit analyzes your home’s unique energy profile using information from your bill and generates a plan to help you become more energy efficient.
- Eliminate hotspots in the home and save. Block the sun from overheating your home by using shades, blinds and drapes inside and awnings, trees and shrubs outside. Open interior doors so that cooled air flows freely throughout your home. And consider installing high-performance windows that save energy and protect upholstery, wood and art from the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
Don't forget to take advantage of the many incentives offered by Progress Energy for energy-efficiency purchases and improvements. From lighting to appliances to maintenance and upgrades that won’t break the bank, Progress Energy offers incentives to help you take control of your energy use and your monthly bill.
Complete the Customized Home Energy Report, and find about energy saving tips, available incentives and ways you can SAVE on your bill this summer at www.progress-energy.com/save.
Progress Energy (NYSE: PGN), headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., is a Fortune 500 energy company with 23,000 megawatts of generation capacity and approximately $9 billion in annual revenues. Progress Energy includes two major electric utilities that serve about 3.1 million customers in the Carolinas and Florida. The company is pursuing a balanced strategy for a secure energy future, which includes aggressive energy-efficiency programs, investments in renewable energy technologies and a state-of-the-art electricity system. Progress Energy celebrated a century of service in 2008. Visit the company’s website at www.progress-energy.com.