With an extreme heat advisory covering much of Southern Nevada this weekend, conserving energy while you beat the heat doesn’t have to be a struggle. Just because the outdoor temperature is about to skyrocket, doesn’t mean your energy bills have to as well. Instead of adjusting your thermostat, stick to these energy conserving tips to stay cool over the weekend.
5 Energy Saving Ways to Beat the Heat
Stay in the Shade
How much cooler is it in the shade than the sun? On average it feels 10 to 15 degrees cooler in the shade than in direct sunlight. By drawing your shades, even if only in areas of direct sunlight, you can keep your dwelling feeling cooler and use less energy in trying to keep it actually cool.
Take it Outside
When cooking, use an outdoor grill or cooker. Grilling and cooking outdoors uses less energy than indoor methods, and doesn’t create additional heat inside your home.
Bring in Fans
If you have ceiling fans, turn them on. If you have smaller space fans, turn them on as well. Make sure that fans are turned in different directions to move air around living spaces. Air circulation makes sure that cooled air makes its way around your room, and allows you to keep your thermostat lower by up to 10 degrees.
Even when not in use, plugged in electronic devices generate heat. Some electronics, like cell phone and tablet chargers, still use a little bit of energy. This includes TVs, DVR boxes, stereos, gaming consoles, computers, and more. If you have a lot of electronic devices you can plug them into a power strip to make it easier to switch them all on or off in one foul swoop. Plugging into a switch controlled outlet can also make it easier to turn power on and off to electronic devices.
Replace Bulbs With LEDs
Incandescent light bulbs use a lot more energy and generate a lot more heat than their LED energy saving counterparts. In fact, energy saving light bulbs use up to 75% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs. This small change can make a big impact in the heat generated inside your dwelling and the bottom line on your energy bills.
Whatever you decide to do to beat the heat during this extreme heat wave, be sure to stay well hydrated, and be especially mindful of pets, children and the elderly. Remember that this extreme heat advisory, or heatwave, is throughout the Mohave Desert, and that it will likely last through the weekend.