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DES MOINES, Iowa – (June 18, 2012) – With record-setting temperatures in the forecast this week, MidAmerican Energy Company offers the following tips to help customers beat the heat and reduce their energy bill amount.
During periods of high heat and humidity, it’s also a good idea to periodically check on neighbors or relatives who may not have air conditioning.
- Set it smart: Keep the thermostat set at 78 degrees or higher in the summer to save some green. Customers also can save with a programmable thermostat that automatically adjusts the temperature when people are asleep or away.
- Seal it up: Use weather stripping and caulk to seal air leaks and block drafts in the basement and attic and around doors, windows, chimneys, electrical outlets and other potential areas for air leakage.
- Block the sun: On hot, sunny days, close drapes, blinds or shades, particularly those on south and west windows to help cool your home.
- Keep it clear: Make sure air registers and radiators aren’t blocked by furniture, rugs, drapes or other objects. In addition, be sure to dust or vacuum registers or radiators on a regular basis.
- Dry it out: Use bath and kitchen vents to exhaust heat and moisture, but run them just long enough to rid the house of unwanted water vapor and odors.
- Wait it out: Schedule any heat-generating activities, such as oven cleaning, baking, dishwashing, clothes drying and ironing, for the early morning or late evening hours.
- Keep it up: Check air filters monthly, and clean or replace them as necessary. Wash outside air conditioning coils with mild soap and water to remove dust and dirt.