How to Keep Your Cool (and Your Wallet) During Peak Demand 
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Summer has arrived with a vengeance, making up for lost time in full force! As you strive to keep cool, it's essential to remain mindful of your electricity consumption to avoid any unpleasant surprises on your bill. By adopting strategies to curb your energy usage, you can successfully reduce your LPEA bill. Here are six hot tips to assist you in saving both energy and money during the summer season: 

  1. Adjust your thermostat: Set your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher when you're at home and 85 degrees when you're away. This can save you up to 10% on cooling costs. 

  2. Use fans: Ceiling fans and portable fans can help circulate air and make you feel cooler. Use them in conjunction with your air conditioner to reduce your cooling costs. During summer months, your ceiling fan blades should be set to spin counterclockwise to create a cool breeze and reduce the need for an air conditioner to run constantly. In cooler months, your ceiling fan should be spinning clockwise at a low speed to create an updraft and redistribute warm air. 

  3. Close blinds and curtains: Keep your blinds and curtains closed during the day to block out the sun's heat. This can reduce the amount of heat that enters your home and keep it cooler. At night open your windows to cool the home. Use fans to invite the cool air in. 🆒 

  4. Use energy-efficient appliances: As your old appliances tap out and need to be replaced, look into upgrading to energy-efficient appliances, such as refrigerators, washing machines, and air conditioners. These appliances use less energy and can save you money in the long run. There are many incentives like our LPEA rebates and Inflation Reduction Act resources to help finance your energy-efficient upgrades! 

  5. Turn off appliances when not in use: Unplug electronics and appliances when you're not using them. Even when they're turned off, they can still use energy.  

  6. Take advantage of LPEA's energy efficiency programs: LPEA offers low-interest loans up to $7,500 to finance labor and materials for residential or commercial energy efficiency projects. You’re then able to pay back the loan monthly on your LPEA bill. 

At LPEA, we're committed to helping our members save energy and money. By following these tips and taking advantage of our energy efficiency programs, you can reduce your LPEA bill and help us all stay cool this summer.