Electric Tips


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  • Never install extension cords with nails or staples.
  • Examine extension cords for signs of damage, such as cracking or peeling insulation.
  • Never hide extension cords under rugs or furniture.
  • Never overload an extension cord.
  • Keep appliances away from sinks and tubs where they might fall in. If an appliance does fall into water, unplug it first. Don't grab it.
  • On hot days, run major appliances in the morning and evening, when air conditioners all over town aren't working as hard as during the day.
  • To help safeguard your home electronic equipment, consider purchasing a surge protector or surge suppressor.
  • On hot days, turn your air conditioner up to 78, and use a fan to circulate the cool air.
  • On hot days, cook meals in the microwave, toaster oven, or slow cooker - they use less power and produce less heat, so you win twice!
  • Draft-proof your windows, doors and other air leaks. Insulate.
  • Use kitchen, bath and other ventilating fans wisely. In just 1 hour, these fans can blow away a houseful of warmed or cooled air.
  • Keep your heating/air conditioning system well-tuned.
  • Plant trees or shrubs to shade air conditioning units.
  • Set the fan speed on high except in very humid weather. When it's humid, set the fan speed at low; you'll get less cooling, but more moisture will be removed from the air.
  • Clean or replace furnace filters at least once a month—even in the cooling season.
  • Turn off your window air conditioner when you leave a room for several hours.
  • Don't place lamps or TV sets near your air conditioning thermostat.
  • Keep out the daytime sun with vertical louvers or awnings on the outside of your windows, or draw draperies, blinds and indoor shades.
  • Keep lights low or off.
  • If every household in the United States raised air conditioning temperatures 6 degrees, we would save the equivalent of 190,000 barrels of oil every day.