National Grid offers tips to beat the heat

News

Heat Safety National Grid

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Bring the heat! Forecasters are calling for high temps and humidity in the region with prolonged temperatures of 90 degrees or higher. With these high temps, heat-related illnesses can occur, especially for the young children, the elderly, and those with chronic illnesses.

To help safely beat the heat, National Grid offers the following energy-efficient tips:

  • Keep doors and windows closed while running your air conditioning system to reduce air loss.
  • Clear areas in front of vents from furniture; blocked vents require up to 25 percent more energy to distribute air.
  • In the summer, vegetation, solar screens, and awnings can be used to prevent the sun from making your home too hot.
  • Use programmable thermostats to adjust cooling when rooms are unoccupied, saving you energy and up to $180 a year.
  • Upgrade outdated air conditioning equipment to newer, more energy-efficient models. You’ll save as much as 30 percent on energy costs in the long term, reduce maintenance, and improve the comfort of your home.
  • Perform regular air conditioning maintenance. Change filters monthly to improve air quality and reduce energy use. Establish a maintenance contract with your vendor for regular tune-ups, which help decrease equipment breakdowns and unnecessary air loss.
  • Conserving water is a great way to save energy and money in your home.
  • Stop leaks. Repairing even small leaks saves gallons of water and thus dollars each month.
  • Install water-saving faucets and low-flow showerheads.
  • Set a maximum water temperature of 120° F.
  • Upgrade your water heater to a high-efficiency model. Look for water heaters with an Energy Factor of .67 or greater (.82 or greater for larger systems).

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Trending Stories